03/12/2013 08:34 am ET

Is The Debate On Gun Violence Fading?

Almost three months have passed since the slaughter of 20 children and six adults at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school jumpstarted a national debate about gun control, but as President Obama heads into a week of meetings on Capitol Hill today, his spokesman assured Monday, "common-sense" action to rein in gun violence remains a top priority.

The point of the president's visit to Congress - the latest leg of his "charm offensive" strategy to loosen Washington gridlock - is to hash out disagreements over revenue as lawmakers try to cobble together a budget deal. Hope for a breakthrough, White House press secretary Jay Carney said, could come from movement on other issues - including gun control.