ANUARY 26: Advocates of stricter gun control laws gather on the National Mall for a rally following a march through downtown on January 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The demonstrators included survivors of the shooting at Virginia Tech, Newtown, Connecticut, and others. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
Washington D.C. - It didn't take long for the gun control debate to reignite on Capitol Hill following the Navy Yard shooting.
One of those outspoken on the need to increase gun control is Senator Dianne Feinstein. She blasted Congress for "shirking its responsibility", and said more needs to be done to "stop this endless loss of life."
Earlier this year Feinstein sponsored a bill aimed at banning assault-style weapons, but it failed by a large margin in the Senate. A bill to expand background checks on those purchasing guns also failed.
The Obama administration has quietly moved forward on gun control since that time. This past month, the President introduced two new executive actions aimed at tackling gun violence.
There have also been many gun control rallies from both sides of the debate in the states where recent mass shootings have occurred. There was a rally recently in Colorado following the anniversary of the movie theater shooting that just like the Navy Yard shooting, left 12 dead.
For the past two days on Capitol Hill, gun control advocates and families who have lost loved ones to gun violence have been lobbying Democratic lawmakers to urge Congress to resume consideration of new gun legislation.
After every mass shooting, including the Navy Yard massacre, Congress holds a moment of silence. But House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said "We don't need a moment of silence. We need a day of action."
Representative Mike Thompson challenged the majority in the House to provide alternative legislation if it would not allow for a vote on universal background checks. He said "If you've got a better idea, show it to us."