On a call about guns, Biden reacts to Boston explosions
April 15th, 2013
04:09 PM ET
1 year 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. RobinMO

    Very appropriate response from the VP in contrast to politicians who are so quick to blame Muslims based on no evidence.

    April 15, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  2. Tom

    We get to watch our police state in action, more curtailed liberties to soon follow. Stay tuned to CNN for more propaganda from our dear leaders. They want you scared.

    April 15, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  3. John

    I bet the people responsible took training in Pakistan.. and we are still considered them our friends...

    April 15, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  4. nadsgf

    biden is a m0r0n, please just stop covering what he says

    April 15, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  5. Karl Coski

    Please Occupiers and left 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 Fox if you must rant for the time being. Restain yourself. Watch NPR, I am sure they have allready said whatver blame they can assign to Bush or Palin and conservatives for you as we speak.

    April 15, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  6. Ned

    What happened, did biden open his fat mouth?

    Let's hope this is it for the bombs today and that we find out who is responsible, though that will be tough thanks to the mess Obama's made of our intelligence abilities.

    April 15, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  7. Nobody Cares

    You mean you can kill multiple people without one of those scary looking guns?

    April 15, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  8. JOhn

    Biden, forever an id iot.

    April 15, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  9. Rosemary

    If you think someone is going to bomb your marathon, just throw a couple of hand grenades over the proch railing, and that will scare them off.
    Joe Biden

    April 15, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  10. gary

    @JJ, like we were safe with Bush and Cheney on 9/11?

    April 15, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  11. America

    An act of complete cowardice.

    April 15, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  12. Theseus

    Why does anyone here think Biden's opinion on something he has no info about means a damn? As though his opinion is more valid than yours or mine? God I hate you CNN.

    April 15, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  13. truthmachine74

    While Joe and Obama target productive law abiding American citizens through taxation and gun legislation cheered on by the left, our true enemies reveal themselves again! Prayers of the victims, destruction to the perpetrators!

    April 15, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  14. arkmark

    sad to see some of the comments - left right or center the terrorists don't care. this was an attack on America and it would have happened regardless of who was in charge– anti terror needs to get it right 100% the terrorists only need be lucky once.

    April 15, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  15. truthmachine74

    While Joe and Obama target productive law abiding citizens through gun legislation and taxation cheered on by the left our true collective enemy reveals themselves once again. Prayers for the victims, destruction to the perpetrators!

    April 15, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  16. Dean

    So with in minutes Obama/Biden/Hillary know this was a bomb but we still don't know what happened in benghazi after 9 months. Please Joe do not comment on anything you have trouble make ceral in the morning.

    April 15, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  17. TravelSheryl

    Be respectful of our Vice President whether you like him or not.

    April 15, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  18. Thomas

    But papa joe, I thought bombs were banned it must have been an assault rifle explosion.

    April 15, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  19. MeMe

    very appropriate response. my prayers are with those affected by this. God Bless America

    April 15, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  20. Michael Powers

    This is terrible for our Country. However, it shows you what kind of administration we have in Washington when the Vice-President learns of bombings in Boston from the television.

    April 15, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  21. bribarian

    Terrorists attacking our country and obama/biden trying to grab American's guns. Couldnt even make this up.

    April 15, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  22. oi vay

    I can hardly wait to hear how much freedom this lawless act is going to cost all of us. I AM a little surprised we haven't seen the usual false story line from the left wing propaganda networks.

    April 15, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  23. MA2_CIWS

    Forget gun control....how about we get some sore of bomb control first!

    April 15, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  24. Kirsten S. Johnson

    I agree with arkmark – I have difficulty with people turning Biden's comments into their own propaganda/agenda to lash out at our government. All Biden was commenting on was this new tragedy which has just hit the U.S.! My heart goes out to all injured and their families and I hope our law professionals can find all of the devices without any more deaths. Shame on those who cannot express some sympathy for their fellow man!

    April 15, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  25. Ghostonefour

    Local issue... not federal problem. The state has to request federal aid unless it is apparent that it is federal jurisdiction.

    April 15, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
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