Biden: Threats to block gun bill 'embarrassing'

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By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden says he refuses to believe a small group of senators will block a vote on gun legislation.

The vice president says it would be "embarrassing" if a filibuster would be the climax of a national tragedy like the shooting at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Biden spoke to law enforcement officers at the White House just before Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced he would push for a vote Thursday. He encouraged the police and sheriff's deputies to go talk to their lawmakers in uniform to encourage passage of the bill.

Biden vowed to win the fight on guns, even if this vote is blocked. He said Americans won't stand for inaction after Sandy Hook.

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