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Why Gun Control Never Happened

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OBAMA GUN CONTROL NEWTOWN
US President Barack Obama is accompanied by former lawmaker Gabrielle Giffords (L), vice president Joe Biden (R) and family members of Newtown school shooting victims as he speaks on gun control at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on April 17, 2013. Obama on Wednesday slammed what he called a 'minority' in the US Senate for blocking legislation that would have expanded background checks on those seeking to buy guns. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWE | JEWEL SAMAD via Getty Images

After Newtown, President Obama pledged meaningful, swift action on gun control. Though the President signed a list of executive gun control orders, an effort to expand background checks failed in congress. We examine what led to the failure.