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.


Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • Joe Biden
soundoff (168 Responses)
  1. Camden X

    Now the NRA will claim that to guarantee the safety of marathons, the runners must be armed with handguns.

    April 15, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. Carl Koski

    Please TeaBager and right wing minions hold your tongues on this one a bit. Your immediate rants after those twenty some children were shot to death only added to the pain. Please just express some sympathy for the victims. Rant at NPR if you must rant for the time being. Restain yourself. Watch Fox, I am sure they have allready said whatver blame they can assign to president Obama and liberals for you as we speak.

    April 15, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. betty

    People are ignorant. Some of these comments prove that point.

    April 15, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. firewalker25b

    RUN, get your shotgun Joe said ....the NRA is attacking.

    April 15, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  5. Tom

    Dems attack Repubs in every way on all issues and now you are horrified that we have nothing but contempt for you? It's called "turnabout" and you better get used to it, because we are just getting started.

    April 15, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. Liber-hater

    Time to ban Biden – His 'magazine' of stupidity has no limits......

    April 15, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. Payne

    Oh thank god he only had a bomb, if he had a gun they'd all be dead

    April 15, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  8. Insguy78

    How is this any different than when a tornado hits the south and everyone says "good riddance" or "don't be asking for federal assistance" etc, etc, etc.?? If you are going to be shocked when a lack of class is displayed, at least be consistent.

    April 15, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. Alan Page

    A false Flag ????

    April 15, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  10. lui xi ung

    Biden is an example of an absolutely useless public official

    April 15, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  11. Brock Landers

    I thought we banned bombs? i'm pretty sure we have strict bomb controls right? my heart goes out to those you have been killed and who are suffering, you libs are idiots, nobody wants anybody dead, except, maybe Biden.

    April 15, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. Jimmie Russells

    @Camden X

    Do you post stupid things in every article, or is this your first time?

    April 15, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  13. Ferret out the BS

    Why are some commentors making this a liberal vs conservative thing? That's just stupid.

    April 15, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  14. VA VERY Ex Republican

    @wandering, what if it was John or Jack or Michael?????? Stop this. Stop. this is a National tragedy so do not add hate to it.

    April 15, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  15. clarence leblanc

    If these bombs come from Muslim extremists...not much will change. If these are "patriots". Easier to clean our own house than someone else's. I've been reading sites like WND for months. They have been pushing each other to "do something" about the illegal in the white house". If it is them...we can turn them into a fine mist as they clutch their AR15 wearing their cammo as they glow neon green in the dark.

    April 15, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  16. raenanda

    Where is Obama?

    April 15, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  17. truth hurts but reality bites

    Egads, not another man made disaster or act of workplace violence.

    I have every expectation that Obama and Biden will track down, and bring to justice, the perpetrators of this heinous act just as they have done to the Benghazi murders.I will sleep well tonight knowing they are on this.

    April 15, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  18. Don't be ignorant

    This proves that no matter what gun law's pass, crimes of this nature will continue. At a time when you cannot find .22 ammunition on the shelves of many stores in america, people with a propencity towards violence with prevail.

    April 15, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  19. shawn

    I guess DHS is not doing their job...along with the CIA.

    April 15, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  20. Tom

    This is no time to hate President Obama, you classless gun humpers.

    April 15, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  21. The Truth Hurts

    Carl Koski

    Please TeaBager and right wing minions hold your tongues on this one a bit. Your immediate rants after those twenty some children were shot to death only added to the pain. Please just express some sympathy for the victims. Rant at NPR if you must rant for the time being. Restain yourself. Watch Fox, I am sure they have allready said whatver blame they can assign to president Obama and liberals for you as we speak.

    But it's fine for you to bloviate your left-wing nutjob hate speech, right, Carl? That's the big problem I have with zealots – you never take your own advice.

    April 15, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  22. Chris H

    It's tax day. I wonder if there is any connection? People do weird stuff....

    April 15, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  23. raenanda

    Carl Koski better check the record. When Sandy Hook happened, it was the Dems exploiting those poor kids for their gun control agenda. The NRA and Tea Party were not looking to advance any new laws and still aren't – only the Dems want new laws. Truth hurts. Sorry Carl.

    April 15, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  24. JJ

    No one is safe in the US with Obama and Biden in charge.

    April 15, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  25. steve

    Blaming someone at this time is completely pointless, I would wait till the investigating is complete, my thoughts and prayers are with the families who had lost a loved one, or who have injuries. Really a sad day for all of us.

    April 15, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
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