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Biden urges action on gun control

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 21, 2013 at 5:54 p.m.


Vice President Joe Biden gestures as he speaks at a gun violence conference in Danbury, Conn., Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. The conference, held near the Newtown where 26 lives were lost in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, was organized by members of the state's congressional delegation is to push President Barack Obama's gun control proposals.

— Vice President Joe Biden sought to rally support for the Obama administration’s gun control proposals as he spoke Thursday at a conference on gun violence being held not far from the scene of December’s school massacre, saying it fundamentally altered the debate.

Biden acknowledged gun control has traditionally been viewed as the third rail of American politics, recalling that when President Barack Obama asked him to take the lead, the president told him he didn’t have to do it if he didn’t want to.

“America has changed on this issue,” Biden said at the conference at Western Connecticut State University, which the gunman once attended. “There is a moral price to be paid for inaction.”

Noting the courage of the families of the victims at Sandy Hook Elementary in nearby Newtown, Biden said elected officials should show political courage.

“We have to speak for those 20 beautiful children who died 69 days ago, 12 miles from here,” Biden said. “We have to speak for the voice of those six adults who died trying to save the children in their care that day who can’t speak for themselves. You have to speak for the 1,900 people who have died at the other end of a gun just since Sandy Hook in this country.”

Biden advocated a series of proposals, including universal background checks for gun owners, a ban on many military-style weapons and a limit on the size of magazines. He said the measures would save lives even though there was no guarantee they would prevent all mass shootings.

“Fewer children will die,” Biden said.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who organized the conference with two other members of the state’s congressional delegation, said those measures are achievable. He said the Newtown shooting dramatically changed the prospects for gun control.


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Ran2133 says... February 21, 2013 at 6:18 p.m.

Had there been a person with a double barrel shotgun just inside the doors in the Sandy Hook Elementary school I do believe there would not have been 24 students and teachers killed. Unless such armed person just shot into the ceiling as Mr. Biden suggests.

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RaylanGivens says... February 21, 2013 at 7:49 p.m.

Is that picture Biden showing how much he gives to charity?

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T6 says... February 21, 2013 at 8:07 p.m.

Yeah what kind of idiot would tell his wife just to get her double barrel shotgun and fire both shots off? Hope she's smarter than that but hey she married that imbecile so who knows but I'd bet she'd find out real fast criminals are as stupid as her husband?

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... February 21, 2013 at 8:20 p.m.

godfatherpolitics.c om/9548/the-state-is-literally-targeting-america/

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