On a call about guns, Biden reacts to Boston explosions
April 15th, 2013
04:09 PM ET
2 years ago

On a call about guns, Biden reacts to Boston explosions

(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden was on a conference call about legislation to combat gun violence Monday when he heard about the apparent bombings at the Boston Marathon.

"As I'm speaking here, they just turned on the television in my office and apparently there has been a bombing– I don't know any of the details of what caused it, who did it–I don't think it exists yet but our prayers are with those people in Boston who have suffered injuries," he said. "I don't know how many of them there are. I'm looking at it on television now."

Meanwhile, a White House official said the president has been notified of the explosions.

"His administration is in contact with state and local authorities. He directed his administration to provide whatever assistance is necessary in the investigation and response," the official said.


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soundoff (168 Responses)
  1. fernace

    I hope we will get some answers about this bombing soon! Who ever did this, be they foreign or domestic, should have every law concievable thrown at them! My heart goes out to those injured/killed & their families! It also goes out to posters who are bickering over nonsensical matters! We're all in this together, people & must show solidarity against those who want to take our persuit of happiness away by instilling fear & discord!!

    April 15, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. Lord Toronaga

    Joe Biden....the democrats answer to Dick Cheney.

    April 15, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. agnar150

    We don't know but it could also be the North Koreans but thank good our government is taking away our guns. We are all safer now.

    April 15, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. Jack

    I am truly sickened by some of these comments, what idiot would or could involve the Vice President or the President in this terrible act in Boston, it just shows the depth of their mentality.

    April 15, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  5. thingmaker

    The only hope for our collective humanity is to come together at times like this. The comments section here makes me profoundly sad, everyone using this tragedy to score political points. THIS is what terrorists, foreign or domestic, want; to scare us into turning on each other, strengthen the walls that divide us. If you are using this episode to make a point about Biden, Obama, anti-NRA, pro-NRA, Bush, the media or anything else: You are the problem with America.

    April 15, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. Old White Consevative Male

    During 911 the country united in less than an hour to avenge those that hurt us. Now it happens again and there is pure hate on all sides of the political spectrum. This is because the idiot occupying the white house has divided us beyond hope. Wake up people.

    April 15, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    So are we going to start banning household items that can be used to create bombs now to?

    April 15, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  8. agnar150

    If they would have used AK-47's and AR-15s it would have been a lot worst.

    Signed
    Joe Biden

    April 15, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. Jordan

    Maybe they're automatic bombs? or high capacity bombs? If only they had done the required bomb background checks these crazy people would never have aquired these bombs...You stupid liberal robots and your crazy centeralized views on giving up your rights so that other may have something or someone to blame whenever these massacres occur. Keep turning over your rights and hammering those goverment checks. Do you really want to live in a country with similar spending proportions to Europe? I hear their economy is thriving and their banking system is solvent.

    April 15, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  10. Don x

    Next thing you know, bombs will be outlawed.....or if the bomb was full of nails, nails will be banned. A carpenter can only have 5 nails at a time.

    April 15, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  11. Jordan

    Maybe they're automatic bombs? or high capacity bombs? If only they had done the required bomb background checks these crazy people would never have acquired these bombs...You stupid liberal robots and your crazy centralized views on giving up your rights so that other may have something or someone to blame whenever these massacres occur. Keep turning over your rights and hammering those government checks. Do you really want to live in a country with similar spending proportions to Europe? I hear their economy is thriving and their banking system is solvent.

    April 15, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  12. Everybody do the Akbar

    Someone always has to turn on the TV for Plugs. Yes, folks, he really is that stupid.

    April 15, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  13. jerpell

    Hey Biden...Just keep on disarming our own law abiding citizens!....

    April 15, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  14. Lord Toronaga

    The bomb had a bayonet mount and flash suppressor on it. Banned.

    April 15, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  15. Jordan

    I doubt these families are reading the BIden's Reaction comments section looking for emotional support, quit telling people your thoughts and prayers are with the families. You are not helping the situation by telling everybody how much you empathize for the families.

    April 15, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  16. Jose

    Please don't feed the pro-gun trolls.

    Thanks.

    April 15, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  17. rad666

    Where is Homeland Security and all the millions they have spent on homeland security?

    April 15, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  18. Samantha

    Very sad to see some of these hateful comments, 'Dean', 'truthmachine74', you guys need to put things in perspective...prayers to the victims and their families. It's too soon to assign blame to home-grown nuts or international terrorists. It would have to be a very sick person(s) to attack innocent runners and their families & tourists who had nothing to do with anything! Also, its crazy to see how the gun nuts here (by that i mean people who r crazy and paranoid that everyone is out to get them & they need to hide like cowards behind guns to feel safe) are making this tragic incident about gun legislation, when it has nothing to do with it.

    April 15, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
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