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House Judiciary Committee holds first hearing on gun violence in 8 years

Students demonstrate at the U.S. Capitol during a national school walkout to stop gun violence, Wed., March 14, 2018. (Leandra Bernstein, Sinclair Broadcast Group)

The House Judiciary Committee held its first hearing on gun violence in eight years.

And it comes one week before the one-year anniversary of the Parkland High School shooting in Florida which happened on Valentine’s Day last year.

And since the last hearing in 2011, hundreds of people have died in dozens of mass shootings in this country including 26 killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. 58 at a Las Vegas music festival. And in D.C., 13 people were killed at the Navy Yard in 2013.

Shootings have also rocked nightclubs, churches and movie theaters.

The chamber tried to have a hearing on gun violence in mid-2017, but it was canceled after the shooting at a Republican Congressional baseball practice in Alexandria.

Gun control is a key issue for the new Democratic majority in the House as its advocates poured a huge amount of cash into the 2018 midterm elections.

And while the hearing is going on inside, outside, the same Florida students that captured national attention after the massacre in Parkland will be holding a March for Our Lives rally.

The rally will start in front of the Rayburn Building at 7:30 and students from the D.C. area plan on staying on Capitol Hill all day Wednesday.

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