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J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. pauses while talking about the compromise process of working on the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill with the Republicans holding the majority in Congress, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, during an interview with The Associated Press in his leadership office on Capitol Hill in Washington. Reid is backing the measure and the White House says President Barack Obama would sign the 2,200 page tax and spending bills. Now 76 years old and a senator since 1987, the top Democrat in the Senate has said he will retire at the end of the 114th Congress in 2016.

WASHINGTON — Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid says his party has tried everything to get gun control legislation through Congress and still keeps losing to the National Rifle Association.

The Nevada Democrat suggests that maybe Democrats themselves are to blame for the failures — or maybe the American people are "gullible," even after multiple mass shootings.

The comments from Reid in an interview with The Associated Press reflect deep frustrations in his conference, where some lawmakers are perturbed over congressional inaction on guns. Several attempts by Democrats to force votes on the issue this month failed to garner even a Senate majority in favor of background checks or keeping suspected terrorists from buying guns.

Reid himself was once an NRA ally.