WASHINGTON (CBS/AP) – Congressional Democrats unveiled legislation Thursday to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines like those used in the school massacre at Newtown, Conn., even as they acknowledged an uphill battle getting the measures through a divided Congress.
The group led by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., called on the public to get behind their effort, saying that is the only way they will prevail over opposition from the well-organized National Rifle Association and its congressional allies.
“This is really an uphill road. If anyone asked today, `Can you win this?’ the answer is, `We don’t know, it’s so uphill,”‘ Feinstein said at a Capitol Hill news conference backed by police chiefs, mayors and crime victims. “There is one great hope out there. And that is you, because you are stronger than the gun lobby. You are stronger than the gun manufacturers. But only if you stand up.”
Joining Feinstein in Washington for the announcement was a coalition of Bay Area moms, part of One Million Moms for Gun Control. The group is part of a grassroots effort formed in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, with mothers coming together to fight for tougher gun control measures.
“In our society, we’re not anti-gun, but we’re about gun safety and gun responsibility,” said Sarah Samarin of Los Altos. “That includes houses on the Peninsula, houses in Oakland and houses in the Central Valley.”