I think the level of weapons proliferation in the US does a lot to prevent what most people on the left would consider “effective” gun control, ie. banning gun ownership, but I’m for more strict background checks and penalizing those who gift guns to people like the church shooter.
Looks to me like the media narrative was written well before these hearings began. Hillary’s only task during the hearings was to sit and look as smug as possible. The left wing media really is in her camp. I think it was the underperforming George W. Bush who said something along the lines of, “Heck, I’d be popular too if I owned NBC.”