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An ad from Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns accuses Sen. Jeff Flake of breaking a promise to strengthen background checks because he voted against a bill that would have expanded background checks. But Flake did not promise to expand background checks, and he voted in favor of a bill that he argues (though others contest) would have strengthened the system. Read more» 1

The power of the gun lobby is rooted in multiple factors, among them the pure passion of many gun owners, the NRA’s ability to motivate its most fervent members to swarm their representatives, and the lobby’s ability to get out the vote. Lawmakers' fear may not be justified, but recent votes reveal that it still exists. Read more»

Last month, President Obama unveiled sweeping proposals on gun control. To get a sense of what the NRA might do, it's helpful to look at how it scored a victory during the last major federal initiative to tighten gun control. Read more»

Emily Nottingham told Washington 'don’t let us down' on gun-violence prevention measures. Nottingham, whose son was killed in a 2011 mass shooting in Tucson, was invited to the State of the Union address by Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Phoenix, at left.

Emily Nottingham, whose son was killed in the 2011 Tucson mass shooting that wounded former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, was in Washington Tuesday urging lawmakers to pass stronger background checks and ban assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines. Read more»

President Barack Obama and Gabrielle Giffords share a hug in January, one day before she would resign her House seat to focus on her recovery from the shooting in Tucson a year before that left her severely injured.

A dozen survivors and family members from last year’s Tucson shooting that killed six people and injured 13 met this week with Attorney General Eric Holder to urge stricter federal regulations on gun sales. Read more»

Mavy Stoddard speaks in a video by Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

Some Jan. 8 shooting victims and witnesses appear in a video by a national gun control group released Wednesday. Retired Col. Bill Badger, Ken Dorushka, Randy Gardner, Mavy Stoddard, Roger and Faith Salzgeber, and nurse Nancy Bowman lent their voices to a 3-minute video by Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Read more»