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White House continues push for tighter gun laws

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The White House is making a last-ditch effort to enact tougher gun laws amid waning public support.

The vice president is teaming up with police at the White House and the First Lady is hitting the road. President Obama brought a plane-load full of families impacted by the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting.

More than half a dozen relatives from the Newtown shootings are bringing that rallying cry to Washington Tuesday, lobbying Congress to expand background checks. They are demanding a vote.

"This is not about me. This is not about politics. This is about doing the right thing for all the families who are here that have been torn apart by gun violence. It's about them," said President Obama at a rally Monday.

Vice President Biden and the attorney general joined police at the White House one day after a National Rifle Association survey found most law enforcement officers oppose the president's plan, along with Senate Republicans who've promised a filibuster to prevent a vote.

"If they oppose this legislation, have the courage to say so on the floor and vote no. Don't block it," said Jay Carney, White House press secretary.

"They're hearing from their constituents back home and they represent very red states. And they think it's much easier to be opposed to everything than to anything that might upset those constituents," said John Feehery, Republican strategist.

"The least Republicans owe the parents of these 20 little babies who were murdered at Sandy Hook, is a thoughtful debate of how stronger laws could have saved their little girls and boys," said Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate majority leader.

But public support has faded since Newtown despite an ad campaign featuring the parents of Sandy Hook victims. A recent CBS poll found that now, less than half the country wants tougher laws.

First Lady Michelle Obama makes her push in Chicago Thursday.@

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