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NRA Muscle Chills Congress Gun-Control Talk After Shootings

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While tragedies like the mass murder in a Colorado movie theater once spurred congressional action to control guns, the reaction on Capitol Hill this time has been virtual silence.

Republicans historically oppose limits on the rights of gun owners. Democrats have come to view the issue as a political loser for them even as recent election results suggest the influence of the National Rifle Association has been overstated.