Harry Reid

Sen. Reid Asks Republicans to Drop Gun Legislation Filibuster Threat

Invokes Newtown shooting and father's suicide

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Standing on the Senate floor this morning behind an enlarged photo of a memorial at Sandy Hook in the days after the Connecticut shooting , Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made another impassioned plea to Republicans to give up their filibuster threat on gun control legislation for the sake of "these babies who barely began to live in Newtown."

"It is impossible to prevent every senseless tragedy but we owe it to our children to at least try," Reid said. "I hope republicans will stop trying to shut down debate, start engaging on the tough issues we were sent to Washington to tackle."