Newly empowered Democrats ramp up calls for stronger gun control

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Democratic majority in the House expected to introduce legislation to impose background checks on all gun sales

Prominent Democrats plan on Thursday to begin ramping up calls for stronger gun control at the start of a new push to use their strengthened voice in Washington to make progress on an issue that bitterly divides America.

US Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, who represent Connecticut, where 20 children and six school staff were gunned down at Sandy Hook elementary school in December 2012, will lead demands for fresh action.

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