In 2009, Sen. Dianne Feinstein appeared on 60 Minutes and agreed it wasn't the best time politically to once again push her assault weapons ban she championed in 1994- which expired in 2004- and she'd pick the time and place to do it.
Now that tragedies have occurred, she's making the push.
Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, the author of an assault-weapons ban that lapsed in 2004, said she would introduce new legislation this week. Senator Dick Durbin, the chamber's No. 2 Democrat, said lawmakers would hold hearings on gun control, and several others said they would devote new attention to the long-ignored issue.
"I think we could be at a tipping point ... where we might get something done," Senator Charles Schumer, another top Senate Democrat, said on CBS's "Face the Nation."
It should also be noted that the Columbine school shooting occurred in 1999 as the assault weapons ban was in place.