Gun control forces seek new path after big loss

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Associated Press

Posted on April 20, 2013 at 9:00 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a powerful moment at the White House that day in 1994.

Thousands of guests, including the loved ones of crime victims, crowded in as President Bill Clinton signed a sweeping crime bill.

It was six years in the making and included a ban on assault weapons.

Here's what Clinton said: "Today, at last, the waiting ends. Today, the bickering stops, the era of excuses is over."

Hardly.

Two decades and many gun tragedies later, the political fallout from that long-gone ban still casts a long shadow over Washington.

Gun-control advocates are scrambling to regroup after losing soundly to the National Rifle Association on their best opportunity in years to tighten gun laws.

There's no shortage of finger-pointing about what went wrong or theories about what to do next.

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