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Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are still battling gun control.

The gun control debate is still raging on Capitol Hill, and even the most ardent gun advocates on say they're in favor of increasing mental health screenings for gun purchasers.

Virginia Republican Morgan Griffith says the limited areas he would consider overhauling include "beefing up our mental health situations and making sure that the background checks are more accurate."

Liberal California Sen. Barbara Boxer introduced legislation that would pay for the National Guard to be placed in schools just days before the head of the National Rifle Association called for more armed guards in the nation's schools.

Yet it seems the two sides of this controversial debate continue to speak, and even yell, past each other.

Virginia Democrat Jim Moran says the low hanging fruit in the gun debate is hardly worth picking.

"The reason for not agreeing to the most agreeable provisions is that they will have very little effect," says Moran.

Still others say gun rights advocates are using stall tactics to maintain the status quo. Next week, Senate Democrats are scheduled to hold their second hearing on gun control. None have been scheduled in the Republican controlled House.

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