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Politics of gun control

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -

An Arkansas Democrat is in the cross-hairs of a well-financed pro-gun control group in New York.
    
The Mayors Against Illegal Guns control group held a rally in Little Rock on Friday to urge U.S. Senator Mark Pryor to take another look at a measure expanding background checks for firearm sales.
    
Meanwhile attack ads are already running on networks across the state.
        
The Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg's group "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" has spent about $350,000 on ads against Pryor because he opposed President Obama's gun control legislation.

In one of the attack ads, the coalition uses the death of Pryor's friend Bill Gwatney to urge the senator to change his vote.

Gwatney was chairman of the Arkansas Democratic Party.

He was shot and killed in 2008 when a man, who had just been fired from a local target store, walked into the party headquarters  and pulled a handgun.

Pryor recently shot back against his critics.

"Nothing in the Obama plan would have prevented tragedies like Newtown, Aurora, Tucson, or even Jonesboro," said Pryor.  

Pryor goes on to say in the ads that he wants to find real solutions to gun violence, while still protecting the country's second amendment rights.

While the election is still more than a year out -- Pryor, the only Democrat left in the Arkansas Congressional Delegation, started campaigning months in advance.

He's been taking heat from both Democrats and Republicans.

Conservatives have objected to Pryor's support of the Affordable Care Act, the 2008 Wall Street bailout and the billions of dollars spent in the 2009 economic stimulus program.

"In today's world you have all these outside special interest groups, they come in the state they start advertising," said Pryor. "You just have to have a little ammunition to push back on some of that, otherwise, one of these races will get away from you."

A recent poll by Public Policy Polling found that a number of voters in red states are in favor of background checks.

In Arkansas, researchers found that Pryor's likelihood of re-election would increase if he had backed the background checks bill.

Some 40 percent of voters indicated that they would be more likely to support Pryor next year should he reconsider his position.

Only 34 percent of voters were less likely to follow suit.

Senator Pryor is running for his third term in the U.S. Senate in 2014.

He has no opponent at this time.
    
Some political analysts say Pryor's support for gun control legislation could be political suicide.
    
They say then the National Rifle Association would most-likely be ready to spend millions to defeat him.

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