WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Before attending the State of the Union, shooting victims and their families were on Capitol Hill Tuesday for a Senate judiciary committee hearing on gun violence.
Illinois Democrat Richard Durbin opened the hearing by saying it's time for Congress to pass meaningful gun control legislation. He also said he believes requiring background checks for all gun purchases would be constitutional.
The panel's top Republican disagreed. Texas Senator Ted Cruz argued the focus of law enforcement should be on criminals who use unregistered illegal guns. Senator Cruz said curbing the rights of citizens to own guns would do nothing to stop violent crime.
The morning after President Obama gave his State Of The Union Address we were joined by Stephen Barton, a survivor of the Aurora movie theater shooting & Outreach and Policy Advisor for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and Lori Haas, whose daughter was shot in the Virginia Tech shooting.
See our interview above.