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. nothing new here

    Shocking – my thoughts go out to the victims and their families.

    April 15, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. true justice

    Biden talks before our President, golf course? Sadly this would have not happened if Holder-Obama had allowed the Agency to have its nice little chats with a comfy bench and bucket of nice cool water At Club Gitmo.

    April 15, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. Matthew Duane

    Lexington and Concord

    April 15, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Maybe we shold Ban Explosive Devices.... Ohhhhhh wait,, they already are banned

    April 15, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. ATL Guy

    Who would do such a senseless thing?

    April 15, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. Danny York

    you go, joe!

    April 15, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. James R Hoffa

    Perhaps is was a shot gun blast, Joe.

    April 15, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. Paul

    We need to ban explosive devices now......

    April 15, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. Distrust Authority

    Wish you were there POS.

    April 15, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. Ron

    Bidden said this whole thing in Boston could have been stopped if someone shot a shotgun 2 times in the air.

    April 15, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. johnh

    "If this happens, just go to the safe and get out your bombs....assemble them...activate them, then take them out on your deck and set two of them off to let the bombers know you mean business." -Joe Biden-

    April 15, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. StarshipTrooper

    Facts are, in this day, it could be ANYTHING. Lets wait for the PROFESSIONALs to give us some info.

    April 15, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  13. John

    Vice president came to know about an attack from TV? What the hell is going on with this country? Does Obama know still or will he find from Twitter?

    April 15, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  14. MarcNJ

    I don't understand people's cruelty toward innocent people. If you have a political statement, make it. Random bombs and shootings are the work of f'k'n cowards.

    April 15, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  15. sally

    How could anybody do this!!!!

    April 15, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  16. edmundburkeson

    Not exactly an inspirer of confidence is he?

    April 15, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  17. gisthatright

    Bombs should be illegal....oh wait, they are. Guess a background check would have mattered then.

    April 15, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  18. Charles

    Nice comparison ... we can put a stop to this kind of violence by banning guns ... or at least restricting magazine size.

    April 15, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  19. Brent

    Biden and Obama, Feinstein, Schumer, Bloomberg and others will pass laws banning all bombs. Time to play Marlon Brando saying "the horror, the horror."

    April 15, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  20. Sam

    What, Biden didn't tell them they should of been firing double barreled shotguns at the finish line to keep bad guys away?

    April 15, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  21. HobokenGuy

    More cowards in the comments than setting up explosive devices. Stop turning this into a political thing, try to act human and keep it on subject for a change. People just died within the last hour.

    April 15, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  22. woodchuck

    Just ask Joe....if the runners would have all had a shotgun, they would have been fine

    April 15, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  23. chris

    Not to take away from the victims, but this just shows that crazies will do crazy things no matter what the laws are.

    April 15, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  24. lathebiosas

    Nice how the Obama / Biden haters go straight to them without any sincere comments about the dead and suffering. Real humanists. Get a life.

    April 15, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  25. Marie J

    It was them North Koreans!!.. 911 all over again...

    April 15, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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