With the nation roughly two and a half months removed from the tragic mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., the gun debate and prospect of firearm regulation continue to remain divisive and polarizing issues amongst policymakers specifically, and Americans on the whole.
Despite a plan by the Republicans to delay any decision-making, the Senate Judiciary Committee is preparing to consider various gun bills as early as Thursday, and in advance of such potential movement, today Dianne Feinstein was granted a courtesy hearing in Washington, D.C.
A long-time, outspoken gun control advocate, the Democrat from California has penned a proposed assault weapons ban, and following today's emotional event, she joined "Piers Morgan Tonight" to explain why she feels so passionately about the issue:
"When it happens to six year olds, it's time for this country to take action. I think it's a matter of public policy," said the 79-year-old with more than two decades of Senate experience.
"Weapons that are designed to kill large numbers of people in close combat don't belong on the streets of our cities."
While experts suggests Feinstein's bill is unlikely to pass, the former mayor of San Francisco told Piers Morgan that she remains staunch in the reasoning behind her stance:
"I've been on a mission," she said of her efforts to eliminate the most dangerous of all firearms. "A crime scene with these weapons isn't like it's on TV. There's blood and matter just spread all over the place. It's terrible and people, just their bodies, get hacked apart."
Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Wednesday's guest called upon the "people of America [to] stand up," and "do what's right for this country."
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