Obama, victims' families overcome by gun owners

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By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama promised after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that he'd do everything in his power to change gun laws.

Turns out his power was no match for the immovable force of gun rights advocates in Congress and across the nation.

The National Rifle Association and its energized supporters overcame the president's impassioned speeches and the national outrage over the shooting deaths of first graders. The Senate rejected new gun-buying restrictions in the face of strong public opinion, pleas from a former congresswoman still healing from bullet wounds and a billionaire bankrolling the firearms-control effort. Both sides in the debate say the NRA's power comes from gun owners who are passionate about protecting their rights.

Obama and his allies are vowing to fight on.

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