Reid J. Epstein and Carrie Budoff Brown, Politico

MINNEAPOLIS – President Barack Obama kicked off his campaign-style push for gun control here Monday, arguing that the changes he started pushing for in the wake of the December mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary are beginning to gain traction.

The approach was similar to last week’s immigration push in Las Vegas. At both events, Obama said Congress must follow his lead to enact laws on which the American people agree. At each he said the work will be difficult and long. And at each he said the burden was on Congress to act.

“We’re starting to see a consensus emerge about the action Congress needs to take,” Obama said while flanked by law enforcement officers here. “The vast majority of Americans, including a majority of gun owners, support requiring criminal background checks for anyone trying to buy a gun.”

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