• Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks with reporters following a Democratic strategy session at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, April 9, 2013. Reid said he plans showdown vote on gun control on Thursday.

    Small but mounting number of Republicans appear willing to buck a conservative effort to prevent debate on new firearm controls.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 09, 2013, 9:49 PM EDT
  • President Barack Obama, followed by, from second from left, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., Rep. John Larson, D-Conn., and Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., walks down the steps of Air Force One at Bradley Air Force Base, Conn., Monday, April 8, 2013.

    Gun control and immigration reform face major roadblocks from GOP in Congress, but president wants to set ambitious tone for last 4 years.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 08, 2013, 8:46 PM EDT