Hardball with Chris Matthews, 4/9/13, 5:59 PM ET

Matthews: On gun control, we need to first get a runner on base

Chris Matthews shares his thoughts on the steps needed to really pass a common-sense bill on gun reform.

On gun control, we need to first get a runner on base

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Let me finish tonight with this.

I think these people knocking on doors on Capitol Hill may do some good today and the days ahead. I think they may help the contest for gun safety to get to first base—and, as we know, you can’t score until you get on base.

Here’s how it’s going to work (if it works):

First base: Get 60 votes in the Senate to begin debate.

Second base: Get 60 votes in the Senate to close debate and vote on background checks.

Third base: Pass background checks in the Senate.

Home plate: Bring it up for vote in the House.

Okay, I ran out of bases, but you see how tough this is going to be—but it can be done. And it all starts with getting a runner on base.

On gun control, we need to first get a runner on base

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