NBC: With ‘Provocative Move’ to Oppose Gun Restrictions, GOP ‘Sensing Public Disdain’

On the eve of a proposed deal on a limited expansion of background checks for gun buyers, Tuesday’s NBC Nightly News went after Republicans for opposing gun restrictions, with Capitol Hill correspondent Kelly O’Donnell proclaiming: “In a provocative move, more than a dozen Republicans are threatening to use Senate rules to block a vote on new gun restrictions….Sensing public disdain, a rift emerged among Republicans. A dozen now saying publicly they would not support a filibuster…” [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

In her report, O’Donnell cast GOP senators as the villains opposite family members of Newtown shooting victims: “The families here today were looking lawmakers in the eye with a direct appeal. A movement and a deeply personal cause, one Senate office at a time.” O’Donnell declared that the possible Republican filibuster of new laws was “adding an extra urgency to the Newtown families’ visit.”

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