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The mass shooting in Connecticut sparking a national debate and possibly -- shift.
In -- politics of gun control some lawmakers including outspoken gun rights advocates are willing to consider they say.
New restrictions on assault style weapons.
West Virginia senator Joseph mansion a Democrat and an avid hunter saying it's time to consider reasonable restrictions on guns.
Virginia senator Mark Warner also a Democrat says the shooting has led him to rethink his opposition to a ban on assault weapons.
And Republican senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa is calling for a commission to study the shooting the but he says.
It should include mental health issues and not just be about guns.
Let's talk about it would Bret -- the anchor of special report.
We got some indications.
In the message that the president had to share were really with the nation at that memorial service.
That he would be -- in pushing forward with some kind of gun control but he's been very short on specifics thus far.
-- right John not specific policy proposals.
The only one that is pretty specific so far up on Capitol Hill is from.
Senator Dianne Feinstein who has the outlines of a bill ready to go for the new congress bill that.
Would essentially institute the assault weapons ban back from the mid ninety's and also have some very strict.
Restrictions on the ammunition.
-- the rounds.
The the clips the amount of rounds in a clip.
Andy it's very specific but also grandfathers in a number of weapons that's a piece of legislation that Feinstein says she'll put up.
You mentioned some of these lawmakers Democrats all Joseph mansion.
Mark Warner from Virginia Kirsten Gillibrand from New York all of them.
Pro gun lawmakers also we should point out the senate majority leader Harry Reid.
Backed by the NRA.
Has a pro gun legislative history and has also signaled that he too.
Wants to move forward with something.
How this moves forward I think is really the question and the commission is often a way that Washington deals with big controversial things that may actually.
Be attractive to some folks in some Republicans.
Who really want mental health.
To be considered as well as video games and Hollywood's.
Impact on our culture.
-- -- White House spokesman Jay Carney has been asked about that and and what gun control plays in the comprehensive solution.
Let me play that exchange for -- -- And that comprehensive solutions.
Do you think it's unfair -- -- Addressing gun violence.
I think big.
It's part of it but it is far from all.
And as you know the president has taken up positions on.
Common sense measures that he believes.
-- Should be taken to help address this problem but he -- clear that.
More needs to be done that we as a nation have not done enough clearly to fulfill our number one obligation.
Which is to protect children.
It seems that.
You know President Obama has political capital right now he won reelection if he wants gun control it seemed like he he.
Should be a little more forceful in in talking about.
Well I think in coming days you may see more push from the white house on this and I think you'll you'll definitely see.
The the allies in the senate like senator Feinstein.
Move this forward and I think when you're starting to hear and see some of these lawmakers who have a track records of really.
Pushing back on any effort at gun control in the past.
Like -- who you may remember.
Ran it in a campaign.
At one point running and add.
In that campaign firing.
A rifle at a climate change bill.
You know I mean this is a guy that ran touting his.
His gun owning and hunting skills as part of his campaign.
When he starts talking about the need for change it you start to see a different.
Take on things at least in the middle.
It'll be interesting to see the push back when the NRA gets involved and I think you think you'll see that right in coming days that's the word -- -- stayed largely silent entirely sound really since the shootings but they say they are.
Apparently about to push back to ground with a spread.
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