Anderson Cooper talks to Milwaukee Police Chief Flynn about his heated exchange with Senator Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina at a Senate hearing on a proposed assault weapons ban.
The debate began when Graham questioned why law enforcement doesn't prosecute people who fail background checks when applying for a gun. His point was that the government should enforce current laws rather than enact new legislation.
Flynn's response was that the background checks are working in those cases by preventing someone who shouldn't have a gun from getting one. He explained there simply aren't enough resources to go after everyone who fails a background check.
David Gergen, Margaret Hoover and Charles Blow argue who's responsible for forced spending cuts taking effect March 1.
Neil Heslin testified at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the proposed assault weapons ban Wednesday. His son Jesse was murdered in the Sandy Hook school shooting along with 19 other children. Anderson Cooper spoke with Mr. Heslin about his loss and the gun law changes he believes will make school safer.
"I just feel that it's something I have to do...I feel there's got to be changes made," Heslin said about his decision to speak to lawmakers. Despite the difficulty of being exposed to the political tension over gun control during a time of mourning, he believes he would be letting his son down if he didn't testify.
Pain from forced spending cuts is a week away and lawmakers are preparing their aides for the fallout that could hit them like other government workers.
"We've actually budgeted with a 10% cut in mind," Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, told CNN last week.
Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Florida, reorganized his office in December.
"We had to let people go then because we were anticipating at least a 16% cut," he said.
But members of Congress, the very people who voted to put the automatic spending cuts in place, won't see any change to their annual salary of $174,000.
Because Congress can only change its pay by passing a law to do so.
Questions or comments? Send an email
Want to know more? Go behind the scenes with