There was drama and division on Capitol Hill today in the first Congressional hearing on gun control since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting last month. Former Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords spoke before the Senate Judiciary Committee today. It's been two years since she was gunned down in a mass shooting in Tucson Arizona. Here's part of what she had to say:
"This is an important conversation for our children and our communities - for Democrats and Republicans. Speaking is difficult but I need to say something important: violence is a big problem."
From quite another perspective, the Nation Rifle Association's executive vice president Wayne LaPierre testified, saying that Americans need to hold onto their guns now more than ever: "The immediate protection for all, not just some of our school children, is what's needed."
Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, has been following the hearings from Capitol Hill.