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Senate Clears The Way For Gun Debate

Erica Lafferty, left, and Jillian Soto, right, who both lost relatives in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, attend a news briefing with (rear, L-R): Senators Christopher Murphy (D-CT), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Charles Schumer (D-NY) in Washington Thursday. The U.S. Senate cleared the way on Thursday for an emotional, weeks-long debate on proposals to curb gun violence, rejecting an effort by conservative Republicans to block consideration of gun-control legislation prompted by December's Newtown school massacre.REUTERS/Gary Cameron