Biden on gun debate: Forget political risk
February 21st, 2013
04:21 PM ET

Biden on gun debate: Forget political risk

Political risk shouldn't matter when it comes to combating gun violence, Vice President Joe Biden argued Thursday at a conference in Danbury, Connecticut.

Danbury is just west of Newtown, where a gunman massacred 20 children and seven adults, including his mother, in December.

As the National Rifle Association continues to beef up its campaign and rhetoric against the Obama administration's gun proposals, Biden warned his colleagues on Capitol Hill not to succumb to the group's power and money.

"If you're concerned about your political survival, you should be concerned about the survival of our children," Biden said, arguing that those who "refuse to act" are the ones who should pay politically. "Because America has changed on this issue. You should all know the American people are with us."

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  1. @@@

    What is it with you Rascal Rabble

    February 21, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. h

    Keep your ammo dry Joe!

    February 21, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Martin

    So if I say anything about Joe, my post doesn't make it on here. Typical as there is obviously no requirement to free speech here if you disagree with the blogger or VP.

    February 21, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Martin

    Okay, then it is clearly the case. As I tried to post twice and was censored. Not going to try since the minions aren't going to care about facts anyway.

    February 21, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      And who are the minions, Martin?

      Posted for the 6th time; deleted 5 of them.

      February 21, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. J Debrot

    Right! Don't pay any attention to the folks. Just follow the party line!

    February 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. grieferkiller

    Obama, Biden, and Feinstein, are the three biggest "assault" rifle, ammuntion, and high capacity magazine salesmen to ever walk the face of the Earth. They know they can't get the votes to get any of their stupid bans passed. All they've done is flooded the streets with brand new shiny weapons, and shot the Democratic party in the foot :p Magpul is flooded with backorders for 30 round polymer magazines for AR-15's, and have probably sold millions of them since this knee jerk reaction to Sandy Hook.

    February 22, 2013 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • baker boy

      Grieferkiller, your post certainly says much about your mentality and I.Q. Suffice to say you don't quite meet the MENSA criteria!! Keep on Keepin on K!

      February 23, 2013 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  7. Andrew

    Remove the word "gun" and then you are now looking at the whole picture.

    What are we doing about violent crime in general? While guns are generally the weapon of choice since they do make murder a lot easier than just using your hands what are we doing about it? Countries like Great Britain have considerably higher violent crime rate than we do. Sure not many people get shot and killed there but they are at a considerably higher risk of physical violence. Is the best course of action for all of us really to just remove personal defense options from victims and hope authorities can get there in time to solve the situation?

    February 23, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. 2nd Amendment

    This guy is commiting political suicide fro the Democratic party. This push isn't creating more democrats, it's making more Republicans. I agree with Biden on Vets and a couple other things but this is the issue they pushed me away on. Those who are anti-second amendment are always democrats but there are a whole lot of independent gun owners. 2014 is going to be a surprise for a lot of dems...

    February 24, 2013 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Poke

      That's what they said about 2012.

      February 24, 2013 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. Larry Poke

    Hurry, hurry, hurry! Jump on the bandwagon and ignore the endemic mental health issues. If it is isn't clear by now, the current government wants to violate our 2nd amendment rights. They've already restricted the purchase of ammunition even while Homeland Security has purchased 1.6 billion...that's BILLIONS of .40 cal, people-killing rounds. I wonder for what?

    February 24, 2013 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dave Acker

    Please listen to Joe! Anti-gunners – there will be NO political consequences for trying to weaken or destroy our 2nd Amendment rights. Please listen to Joe... so you will find out what reality is and how it will bite you in backside.

    February 24, 2013 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |