Washington returns to work Monday for the first time since Friday's school shooting in Connecticut and a major new issue — or, more accurately, an old one long deemed too politically hot to touch — may be on the agenda.
While President Obama didn't directly address gun control in his emotional speech Sunday night at a vigil in Newtown, Conn., he did vow to wield "whatever power this office holds" to prevent similar tragedies, a suggestion that his administration might be ready to tackle the politically treacherous topic.
Democratic lawmakers, as well as independent Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, went farther, calling for a ban on military-style assault weapons and the establishment of a national commission on mass shootings.
"I think we could be at a tipping point ... a tipping point where we might actually get something done," said New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer on CBS News' "Face the Nation."
Expect the gun-control rhetoric to heat up in the days and weeks to come; whetherRead More »from Monday in politics: The return of gun control, ‘fiscal cliff’ progress, and more