Up Close: House Democratic sit-in over gun control

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Bill Ritter talks with Sen. Charles Schumer about the push in Congress for tougher gun control laws. (WABC)

It was a searing image this week in the House of Representatives: Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, one of the most important figures in the civil rights movement and one of the early sit-in protesters down South, was sitting in on the floor of Congress.

Coupled with a U.S. Senate filibuster, we saw an emotional outpouring of frustration of lawmakers that hasn't been seen in decades.

Many reaching a kind of boiling point, representing their constituencies: 9 out of 10 Americans in opinion polls now back tougher gun laws.

But still, no action.

Earlier I interviewed New York's senior U.S. Senator Charles Schumer - about the remarkable outrage we saw this past week.

Also this week, it's a question many political mavens are asking: why did Karen Hinton leave New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, as his press secretary?

Hinton met de Blasio in the 1990's, when she was spokeswoman for Andrew Cuomo when he was the U.S. Secretary of Housing.

For the past year, she has been the mayor's spokesperson.

I recently interviewed Ms. Hinton and I started by asking why she's leaving - after just one year on the job.
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Bill Ritter talks with Mayor de Blasio's former press secretary, Karen Hinton.



Finally, some closing thoughts on this week's House Democratic sit-in for tougher gun control laws.
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Bill Ritter has some closing thoughts on the gun control debate in Congress.

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