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Now It’s the NRA’s Turn to Understand Us

May 10 (Bloomberg) -- Usually when a senator suffers a big public defeat, he slinks off to lick his wounds. He rarely retwists the arms that didn’t bend his way. Colleagues don’t like to be seen switching. Were they horribly mistaken the first time? Don’t know what they believe?

But Senator Joe Manchin, Democrat of West Virginia, thinks he can get five senators to change their votes on a bill, killed last month, that would expand background checks for gun buyers. If so, his co-sponsor, Republican Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania, is still on board -- and Majority Leader Harry Reid says he’ll bring the bill for a vote.