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Joe Biden's foolish comments on gun control

By USA Today

Vice President, Joe Biden

As Congress inched closer to a vote on gun-control measures, Vice President Biden and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday questioned lawmakers who have been hesitant to get behind their push for sweeping changes.

After meeting in New York with Bloomberg and families and friends of several victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., Biden called on lawmakers to "show the courage" that victims of the Newtown tragedy demonstrated.

"It must be awful to be in public office and concluding -- that even though you might believe you should take action -- that you can't take action, because of the political consequence you may face," Biden said. "What a heck of a way to make a living."

Biden's comments came after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced this week that he hoped to have a bill to address gun violence on the Senate floor early next month. He said the broad package will not include the assault weapons ban, a core element of President Obama's agenda to curb gun violence. The ban is still likely to get a vote by the full Senate as an amendment to the gun bill, but Reid said he counted only about 40 votes for it.

"Everyone is going to have to stand up and say yea or nay," said Bloomberg, an active proponent of tighter gun control. He spent more than $2million of his own money to defeat a pro-gun candidate in a special congressional election last month in Illinois. "Then the rest of us have to decide just how we feel about people and their stances."

While the White House and gun control advocates have made a hard push for the assault weapons ban since the Dec. 14 tragedy at Newtown, the ban has been seen as of less importance than winning approval for universal background checks.

Still, Biden, who has served as the point man in the public push for Obama's gun agenda, has repeatedly pilloried gun rights advocates who have resisted reinstituting the ban.

On Thursday, Biden said an assault weapons ban, which had been passed by Congress in 1994 but expired in 2004, could have reduced the death toll in the Sandy Hook incident that left 20 children and six adults dead. "For all those who say we shouldn't and can't ban assault weapons ... how can they say that? When you take a look at those 20 beautiful babies."

Biden, who was one the prime backers of the assault weapons ban when it passed in 1994, suggested that the press for the ban will continue beyond next month's expected votes. "I was told in 1992 that there was no way you would never beat the gun lobby -- it was not possible," he said. "Well, in 1994, we did."

The National Rifle Association has fiercely opposed the administration's push to revive the assault weapons ban. NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said on Thursday that his organization was not letting up in its push on lawmakers to oppose the ban, despite the seeming long odds for it to become law.

"We are working real hard to make sure it doesn't pass, and that means in bill form or in an amendment form," Arulanandam said. "We're dealing with an administration that has two strident supporters of gun control at the top."

Vice President Biden, flanked by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, right, talks about gun violence Thursday at New York City Hall.

GOPUSA Editor's Note: The following video is an excerpt of an interview Joe Biden gave to NPR.

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Richard Drew, AP

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  1. Jota_Comment by Jota_
    March 22, 2013 @ 9:24 am

    The problem with Biden is he will not be persuaded by facts

    Since his gun ban expired crime is down and the only place crime is out of control are areas which have the strictest gun control measures

    But I guess he will never get it through his thick head ONLY the law-abiding obey laws

    Less guns in the hands of the law-abiding means more guns in criminals hands, and it is EXACTLY what the facts show

    And as callous as it sounds, it is what the facts show, it was the gun free zone which removes all doubt in a gunman’s mind which is what got the children and adults killed at Sandy Hook

    So the facts show it is his wrong headed thinking which enabled him.

    It is not courage but honesty

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  2. capricorn1Comment by capricorn1
    March 22, 2013 @ 9:39 am

    commies,socialist,nazis,facist,and now add democrats to this list of gun takers,freedom killers,nanny statist retards who need to be stopped in there tracks or we will perish as a nation.

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  3. roystoll2Comment by roystoll2
    March 22, 2013 @ 10:55 am

    The problem is that he is out of touch because he ignores the history of pre-war Germany in the 1930′s where an unknown named Adolph Hitler got 98% of the vote of the German people and then the Austrian people voted the same when he took their country over. When Germany passed their gun control laws, it was “The Weapons Act of Nazi Germany”. as Hitler stated “This year will go down in history. For the first time a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police will be more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!” When he spoke those words he did it with four young kids beside him. Now is that not ironic? Within a few years they confiscated all the guns and started the killing of over 12 million people. This was repeated in Russia, China, and Cambodia on a smaller scale. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” -George Santayana. To those who will say that this time is different, is EXACTLY what the German and Austrian people said.

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  4. Scruffy-USN-RetiredComment by kerryp
    March 23, 2013 @ 7:01 am

    It is against the law to own a gun in Chicago. NO LEGAL GUNS, NONE. But Chicago’s murder rate was over 500 in 2012, compared with 435 in 2011. More than 2,400 shootings occurred (as of Dec. 28, 2012), Chicago is a one party city controlled by all democrats. Yep….Joe Biden and Mike Bloomberg can sure be proud of the democrats success in stopping the gun violence in Chicago with their stupid gun laws.

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