As the Senate begins votes today on a package of gun control legislation, the National Rifle Association is flooding congressional offices with calls and emails and is launching a $500,000 internet ad buy to oppose legislation backed by President Obama, Democratic senators and a handful of Republicans.
Advocates for the legislation were also marshaling forces Tuesday night and Wednesday.
"I am still hopeful but there are more "no" votes than there should be," said Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, a Democrat who is co-sponsoring an amendment to limit large-size magazine clips, which is expected to fail. He said that he is continuing to talk to his colleagues and that Newtown families were still in town and lobbying members of the Senate and their staff.
"The visits from the families are very powerful," he said.