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April 8th, 2013
01:00 PM ET

Connecticut Sen. Blumenthal: We can break the NRA's stranglehold

President Obama makes his second trip to Connecticut on Monday since the Sandy Hook massacre, delivering a speech in Hartford where he is expected to be joined by Newtown families. The president is trying to keep the outrage over the deaths in the forefront of the public, while lawmakers continue fighting over the gun control package the president proposed in the wake of Newtown.

The president's speech comes a day after the state’s governor slammed National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre.

"Wayne reminds me of the clowns at the circus. They get the most attention. And that's what he's paid to do," Malloy said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday.

Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal says the NRA has been weakened.

"We have a historic opportunity to break the stranglehold that the special interests, like the NRA, have had over legislative consideration of gun safety," Blumenthal on "The Lead" Monday. "And I believe that we can and will break that stranglehold because the NRA has lost a lot of its credibility."

But the NRA has gained at least a half million members since the Sandy Hook, Newtown shooting.

"And many of those members now support, for example, background checks. The polls show that many NRA members and responsible law-abiding gun owners actually support background checks to keep guns out of the hands of criminal and others who are dangerous," said Blumenthal.

For our full interview with the Connecticut senator, watch The Lead on CNN at 4pm ET Monday.

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