WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork) — Gun control was on the floor of the U.S. Senate on Thursday after an attempt by conservatives to block the bills failed.
But as CBS 2’s Danielle Nottingham reported, the real debate was just beginning.
Gun control activists placed crosses for shooting victims on the National Mall earlier in the day and pressed Congress for action.
In the Senate, the first vote went their way. Sixteen Republicans joined 52 Democrats to block a conservative effort that would have stopped the debate on new gun legislation before it even began.
“I salute those members from both sides of the aisle that motion to proceed but especially from the other side,” said Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)