January 14th, 2013
06:51 PM ET
2 years ago

Biden spoke with Newtown families, son says

(CNN) – Following a week of White House meetings on the gun control debate, Vice President Joe Biden spoke this weekend with family members of victims from last month's Newtown, Connecticut shooting, his son said Monday.

"My father's spent a lot of time working with all the stakeholders, from the NRA to sportsmen to victims to survivors," Beau Biden, attorney general of Delaware, said on CNN's "The Situation Room." "He was on the phone with many of the survivors of the tragedy in Connecticut."

"I was in and out of the room when he was on some of these calls," he continued. "I would, you know, go to the door and go away when I knew he was on the phone with these moms and dads," Biden said. "So he's listened to everyone that has a stake in this and is doing his best to come up with a comprehensive strategy."

Last week, Biden met with pro- and anti-gun groups as part of a White House effort to push legislation aimed at curbing gun violence. President Barack Obama appointed Biden to the task last month, days after the Connecticut massacre that left 27 dead, as well as the gunman.

Obama said in a press conference Monday that he's already reviewing some of Biden's report and expects "to have a fuller presentation later in the week to give people some specifics about what I think we need to do."

Monday marked the one month anniversary of the deadly Connecticut shooting.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. plain&simple

    It takes a special person to have the conviction to forge ahead in an undertaking

    January 14, 2013 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  2. Name lynn

    Joe biden go talk to those greving people, we yet praying for the people in newtown. God bless that everyone in newtown.

    January 14, 2013 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  3. 2012liberal

    I would love 2 c a counter march on 'gun appreciation day' with familys w photos of their loved ones killed by guns.

    January 14, 2013 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  4. Iamnotfooled

    Most of us are parents or grandparents. We can all feel the pain of these parents. Enough is enough. Why can't we all agree on common sense measures to attack these problems? It baffles my mind why we would not all want this. A bullet does not know the difference between a Democrat or Republican or a gun owner or a non- gun owner. What if it is yours the next time? Don't wait. Think.

    January 14, 2013 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  5. Facts don't Lie

    I do not personally know anyone of these families yet I still start to tear up every time I see them, the pictures of their children and hear their heartbreaking stories. To me anyone from Congress to the NRA that can look at or listen to these people and still say nothing can be done to try to control the gun violence that grips our nation or says to help stop it we have to arm more people have either no brains or no heart or maybe both. Empathy has never been a strong suit of the far right at all.

    January 14, 2013 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  6. Gurgyl

    Pass gun-control laws. Second amendment is the most biggest bull I have ever known.

    January 15, 2013 07:24 am at 7:24 am |