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Biden says consensus emerging on gun safety

By Bloomberg News

This article was originally published January 10, 2013 at 10:33 a.m. Updated January 10, 2013 at 12:14 p.m.

— Pledging swift action to curb gun violence, Vice President Joe Biden said he would deliver new policy proposals to President Barack Obama by Tuesday.

Biden said that while he had not finalized his recommendations, a consensus was emerging over banning assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, as well as tightening background checks.

Some of those measures are likely to face opposition from some pro-gun groups, most notably the powerful National Rifle Association. A representative from the NRA was scheduled to meet with Biden Thursday afternoon.

Obama, spurred by the horrific shooting of school children in Newtown, Conn., appointed Biden to lead a task force on preventing gun violence. He set a late January deadline for the group’s recommendations, which he pledged to act on swiftly.

The vice president said Thursday that while no recommendations would eliminate all future mass shootings, “there has got to be some common ground, to not solve every problem but diminish the probability.”

Biden was also meeting Thursday with sportsmen and wildlife organizations, including Ducks Unlimited, the Outdoor Industry Association and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, as well as the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Firearms Import/Export Roundtable.

Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest firearms seller, will meet separately with Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday along with other retailers such as Bass Pro Shops and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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PaulRevere says... January 10, 2013 at 11:35 a.m.

If you have not yet joined the NRA, have an expired membership or just some extra money for a vital cause. Now is the time to go to the NRA.*rg website and join. We need to swell the ranks, to demonstrate to the Nor-Easters that they must work with the NRA, not against them (us).

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Whippersnapper says... January 10, 2013 at 4:02 p.m.

Apparently Joe Biden has never learned the definition of the term "consensus." - from Merriam Webster:
1a : general agreement : unanimity
b : the judgment arrived at by most of those concerned
2: group solidarity in sentiment and belief

No unanimity or solidarity in belief here.

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Testingonetwothree says... January 10, 2013 at 4:13 p.m.

deliver new policy proposals I hope one of his proposals is...criminals shouldnt have guns....that should help alot :)

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Packman says... January 10, 2013 at 4:45 p.m.

"Pledging swift action to curb gun violence, Vice President Joe Biden said.....a consensus was emerging over banning assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, as well as tightening background checks."

Hey JoeBiden - There's one little problem with your statement. It's a lie. There is no evidence whatsoever your "consensus" will do anything to curb gun violence. This according to studies by your own DOJ. What is not a lie is that your "consensus" will infringe upon the constitutional rights of any American desiring to own a military platform rifle and high capacity mags for other types of firearms. America is founded on the concept of individual liberty exercised to the greatest extent possible, only limited by societal good. Your "consensus" offers minimal if any societal good at the expense of individual liberty for tens of millions of Americans. This isn't a Communist or Socialist country, Mr. Biden, it's America. Either love it or leave it, or double down on the Rogain.

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