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Gun control compromise expected to fail in US Senate

WASHINGTON – Compromise legislation to expand mandatory background checks for gun sales -- a key element of the federal response to the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn. – is widely expected to fail Wednesday afternoon in the US Senate.

The inability of President Obama and Democratic leaders to round up 60 votes in favor of enhanced background checks would deal a striking defeat to a major initiative of the president’s second term. The legislation is anticipated to fall short despite numerous pleas and trips to Washington by families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School victims, whose children were murdered five months ago by a lone gunman with a semi-automatic assault rifle.

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