Will Republicans Deal on Guns?

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Quick question on guns. I’m all in favor of Congress taking some action to regulate guns, and lots of people seem to think that things are different this time. Newtown was so uniquely horrific that something has to happen. But what’s the scenario for getting anything through the House? There’s no way a majority of House Republicans will vote for gun control of any kind, so action is only possible if John Boehner decides to allow legislation to reach the floor with only minority Republican support.

Is there any chance of this happening? If not, is there any other option? Is a discharge petition feasible? Is there anything House Republicans want badly enough they’d be willing to trade it for tougher gun laws? How does this play out?

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