POSTED: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 7:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 7:04am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — The White House is pulling out all the stops to save what's seen in Washington as a dying effort to enact tougher gun laws.
The Vice President teams up with local police at the White House today and the First Lady is hitting the road.
Meanwhile, the President has brought several families from the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting back to Washington to convince congress it's time to vote.
The families got a ride to Washington on Air Force One last night. Today, they're swarming Capitol Hill in hopes of urging Congress that everyone who buys a gun should get a background check.
More than half a dozen relatives from the Newtown shootings are bringing a rallying cry to Washington today - lobbying Congress to expand background checks. "This is not about me. This is not about politics. This is about doing the right thing for all the families who are here that have been torn apart by gun violence. It's about them,'' said President Barack Obama.
Also today, Vice President Biden and the Attorney General join police at the White House. One day after an NRA survey found most law enforcement officers oppose the President's plan along with Senate Republicans who've promised a filibuster to prevent a vote. "If they oppose this legislation, have the courage to say so on the floor and vote no. Don't block it," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.
"They're hearing from their constituents back home and they represent very red states. And they think it's much easier to be opposed to everything than to anything that might upset those constituents," said Republican Strategist John Feehery.
"The least Republicans owe the parents of these 20 little babies who were murdered at Sandy Hook, is a thoughtful debate of how stronger laws could have saved their little girls and boys," said Senate Majority Leader, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV).
But public support has waned since Newtown. A recent CBS poll found now - less than half the country wants tougher laws.