-- are setting up a new and potentially major roadblock for
legislation. politico reports they plan to hand a letter to senate majority leader
's office that says, "we will oppose the motion to proceed to any legislation that will serve as a vehicle for any additional gun restrictions." the move comes just a day after the
is still pushing for a vote on banning
despite senator reid's decision to exclude the ban from comprehensive
and this morning democratic congressman
said the stakes couldn't be higher.
i keep telling folks this is a transformational moment. when
took place, i can't think of too much that should cause people to say, look, we cannot continue to go down this road without making a difference.
joining me now is neil hess heslip. his son
was killed at
. this goes beyond just scrapping an
assault weapons ban
. it's really a veiled threat to filibuster any new
legislation. if they were sitting here, what would you say to these three senators?
i feel it deserves at least a vote. i'm really upset and disturbed that it hasn't gotten that respect from congress. what happened at
is something that's not going to go away. there has to be stricter gun regulations and control anthony what there is now. i keep asking myself
over and over
again, how could someone go into an
and get a weapon of that type and create a crime to the magnitude that caused the devastation that was caused? i just can't believe there's congressmen out there that can't recognize there's changes that need to be taken.
you said and to me, when we were talking before on the break, you were not someone who was politically active or followed the minutia of what was going on in congress, and then the next thing you know, you're in the middle of this. we saw you with vice president biden and
last week for a news conference on gun reform. after being there, after seeing how things work in washington, after talking to the mayor and the vice president, given the political realities, how optimistic are you that
things will change
i hope they will change. i realize it's a long battle, it's going to be a long battle and a long journey, but i'm confident in time there will be changes that are effective.
are there people who oppose this legislation who will come to you and explain why?
to be totally honest with you, i haven't had anybody come to me and explain why they object to it or they're not in favor of stricter gun regulations and bans on the
. all i've heard is the second amendment, the second amendment. it's not about the second amendment, it's about saving children's lives and innocent people's lives.
in the days after the shooting, i talked to a lot of
advocates, including some that i knew from columbine and who had been working on this issue since then, and one of their concerns then back in december is that america has a short memory, they said, and that they felt like there was a window of opportunity when this was fresh in people's minds, when something could get done, and there was a new poll out this morning that showed that backing for stricter
went to 47%, 10% drop since december. are you worried that a window of opportunity is closing?
no, i'm not. i'm going to continue to push stronger
. as i said, in
, it will happen. it's not going to happen overnight. i'm ashamed that congress won't even give these children the courtesy to vote on stronger gun measures and control. i'm not real proud of what i see in congress from a lot of people, a lot of congressmen.
you should be proud of what you're doing for
, and i don't want to let you leave without telling us a little bit about him because you did say that one of the parts of this journey is that you do want to be able to do is to talk about your son.
it's not easy for me to come here and go to congress and speak about
. it's just a continuous wound that's not healing. it's rewarding to speak of the fond memories of the times we had together. but not under these circumstances and not as i am doing.
neil heslin, it's good of you to come in. we have been following very closely, obviously, what has been happening. we will continue to. thank you so much.
and, of course, our deepest sympathies.