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Harry Reid invokes father’s suicide in discussing gun control

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As he continues guiding the Senate toward eventual consideration of proposals to curb gun violence, Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) invoked his father's suicide Tuesday as he once again pleaded with Republicans not to block legislation under consideration.

During his morning remarks on the Senate floor, Reid recalled receiving a 12-gauge shotgun ordered from a Sears catalog for his 12th birthday and made reference to incidents of gun violence in his home state of Nevada, including the 2010 shooting at a Las Vegas federal building.

He also noted that as a young state legislator, he sponsored a bill requiring a three-day waiting period before residents could purchase a handgun. The measure passed.