Gun measures put moderate Senate Dems in bind
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's push for tougher gun measures and expanded background checks is putting several moderate Senate Democrats in a bind, forcing them to take sides on a deeply personal issue for rural voters.
The Senate is scheduled to begin weeks of discussion over gun control legislation pushed by Democrats in response to the deadly Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting.
The debate will bring intense scrutiny to five Senate Democrats facing re-election in 2014 in states carried by Republican Mitt Romney last year. The Democrats represent Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Montana and North Carolina.
The National Rifle Association has opposed the expansion of background checks, while gun control advocates point to the changes as one way to curb gun violence.