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Pelosi enters gun-control debate, stops short of call for stricter legislation

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Pelosi on Thursday said Obama's careful approach is the right one. “I support what the president said yesterday,” Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol. “I thought his comments were very thoughtful [and] provided leadership when he said we need to build a national consensus to reduce violence in our country.”

She's not the only Democratic leader bucking calls from some in the party to move swiftly to install tougher gun laws in the wake of the Colorado massacre.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), a strong gun-rights supporter, dismissed the idea that the Senate would consider gun-control legislation — or take the lead on that issue — anytime soon.

“With the schedule we have, we’re not going to be able to do anything on gun control,” Reid told reporters.

Last Friday's fatal shootings relaunched the debate over both the effectiveness of the nation's gun laws.

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