Battle over guns heats up in Washington
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Nearly a month after the Newtown school massacre, the White House is attempting to make way in the battle over gun control.
Vice President Joe Biden, who heads the Obama task force on gun violence, began a public effort today to build support for action.
Republicans say there is no time to debate gun violence with the country in this much debt.
However, Biden says the issue cannot wait.
Vice President Biden said, “The president and I are determined to take action. We are not going to get caught up in the notion unless we can do everything, we’re going to do nothing.”
Gun control advocates were called to the White House today and many say they were encouraged by the talks.
Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said, “We’re better than a nation with 32 murders every day, with shootings in movie theaters and schools and places of worship.”
But almost a month after 20 children were gunned down, gun rights advocates are pushing back, saying teachers should be armed.
Jeremy Alcede said, “The bad guys, they’re chicken. They’re not going to go into a room with people full of guns.”
Gun owners plan to rally in Washington to oppose new efforts to ban assault weapons and high-capacity clips.
Larry Ward, Gun Appreciation Day chairman, said, “You cannot infringe upon people’s right to bear arms in this country.”
Gov. Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, said, “If we don’t deal with the substance abuse and mental health issue that lead to violence, we’re short changing this conversation.”
The vice president agrees but promises some type of action.
Biden said, “The president is going to act. There are executive orders, executive action that can be taken. We haven’t decided what that is yet.”
Thursday, Biden will turn his attention to a meeting with the NRA.
A proposal is expected in a month.
Insiders say it will likely include a focus on mental health and high-capacity clips.