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Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky on gun control.

How stupid does the Senate background-check vote look now, I ask the pundits and others who thought it was dumb politics for Obama and the Democrats to push for a vote that they obviously knew they were going to lose. I’d say not very stupid at all. The nosedive taken in the polls by a number of senators who voted against the bill, most of them in red states, makes public sentiment here crystal clear. And now, for the first time since arguably right after the Reagan assassination attempt—a damn long time, in other words—legislators in Washington are feeling political heat on guns that isn’t coming from the NRA. This bill will come back to the Senate, maybe before the August recess, and it already seems possible and maybe even likely to have 60 votes next time.

Buzzfeed has some of the letters that Children wrote to President Obama urging gun control. More here. 

Since Friday morning, a police officer was gunned down in Memphis, leaving four children without their mother. Two officers were killed outside a grocery store in Topeka. A woman was shot and killed inside a Las Vegas casino. Three people were shot inside an Alabama hospital. A four-year-old was caught in a drive-by in Missouri and taken off life support just yesterday. Each one of these Americans was a victim of the everyday gun violence that takes the lives of more than 10,000 Americans every year.
President Obama at a White House News Conference Wednesday

Reid Wilson, editor-in-chief of Hotline, the National Journal’s daily briefing on politics, talks to Warren about the political aftermath of the Newtown massacre and who the unlikely moderates are who have lined up in favor of new gun control laws.

Does gun control matter in an election year? Warren Olney talks to The Los Angeles Times’ James Rainey.