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John Dickerson / Why Obama couldn't turn 90 percent into 60 votes

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Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2013 12:01 am

In the aftermath of the defeat of gun control legislation in the Senate, the Sunday New York Times offered two very different explanations for the bill's demise. In a reported piece, the paper's congressional reporter argued that gun control never had a chance to become law in Congress. Despite the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, the structure of the Senate, its partisan makeup and pressure from gun rights advocates made passage impossible. In the opinion pages, columnist Maureen Dowd argued that it was President Barack Obama's fault the gun bill didn't pass, given that 90 percent of the public supported it.

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