Josh Nelson, campaign manager, CREDO Mobile, speaks Dec. 21 after his group was denied entrance to a Washington hotel where they wanted to deliver a petition to the National Rifle Association calling for the NRA to get out of the way of gun control.
Members of the pro-gun group Guns Save Life rally at the Illinois State Capitol last March 7.
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This divide has existed for decades, separating America into hostile camps of conservative vs. liberal, rural vs. urban. As the nation responds to the massacre of 20 children and six adults in Newtown, Conn., the gulf has rarely felt wider than now.