Even with supporters of gun control finding inspiration in weekend marches around the nation on gun violence, there is little to indicate that the Congress is poised to change course and enact new firearm restrictions, as Democrats called for votes this year on Capitol Hill, along with change at the ballot box in November.
"It's time for Congress to act in response to overwhelming public support for stronger gun laws," said Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL).
"The march may be over, but this movement is not," said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
But while Democrats talk up change, the reality is that a gun-rights majority clearly exists in the Congress - and the only way to change that is probably in the 2018 mid-term elections.
Here are five thoughts after the weekend marches:
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