Hill's Biggest Gun-Control Advocates Have Been Scarred by Tragedy
National Journal – The political careers of McCarthy, now a congresswoman, and Feinstein, now a senator, were forged in the crucible of gun violence. The assassinations of Milk and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone vaulted Feinstein, then the president of the city’s Board of Supervisors, into the mayor’s office. The 1993 mass killings in New York pushed McCarthy out of private life and into the limelight; she ran for Congress three years later and won.
Now, as Congress considers new limits on firearms in the wake of the gruesome killing of 20 elementary-school children and six adults in Newtown, Conn., the two Democrats have emerged as the body’s fiercest advocates of new gun laws. Together, they hope their unique bond and a shifting national consciousness could spur the first significant gun restrictions in almost two decades.