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Law enforcement officials and Republican lawmakers clashed over a proposed assault-weapon ban as it was debated in Congress for the first time since the December shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.

The Senate Judiciary Committee today heard from law enforcement officials who spoke in support of restrictions on semi-automatic assault weapons. Also testifying was Neil Heslin, the father of a 6-year-old boy slain at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on Dec. 14.

“I just can’t believe that that could happen,” Heslin told lawmakers while choking back tears. “Those weapons were used in the battlefields of Vietnam, in the Persian Gulf, in Afghanistan and Iraq. Their sole purpose is to put a lot of lead on the battlefield quickly.”

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