Biden reassures gun groups
April 25th, 2013
05:48 PM ET
1 year ago

Biden reassures gun groups

Washington (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden reassured leading gun control groups Thursday that the administration remains committed to pushing an expansion of background checks for gun purchases through Congress, according to one of the event's attendees.

Biden, who has led the administration's efforts on gun control in the wake of the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, told the meeting of about 15 participants that despite last week's defeat of a bi-partisan measure in the Senate to expand checks at gun shows and online sales, that this was just the beginning.

"He was delivering a charge to us" to stay engaged Pia Carusone, executive director of the group formed by former congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly, told CNN summarizing the vice president's message. "He was determined."

The meeting included that group, Americans for Responsible Solutions, as well as Mayors Against Illegal Guns (formed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg), the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Center for American Progress, Moms Demand Action and representatives of law enforcement.

The administration has said it is committed to continue to push Congress on the issue. Biden's office confirmed the meeting but would not provide further detail of his remarks.

"We all are in a period of discussion and figuring out what the best strategy is," Carusone said. "It is just clear there is a strong determination on the part of the administration and all of these various groups that this issue not go away."

In the wake of their loss, groups involved in the fight are trying to figure out ways to harness public support and build pressure on lawmakers citing polls showing about 90% of Americans supported the background checks expansion.

The Giffords/Kelly group went up with radio ads this week criticizing Ayotte and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell over their votes opposing the background checks measure and one praising Sen. John McCain for his vote supporting it. Giffords also sent out an email to supporters asking them to pledge "to become a gun violence voter in 2014." She said: "If you're still angry about last week's vote, you are not alone. But it's up to us to do something about it, because if we don't act, no one will."

The advocacy organization formed by some of President Obama's former campaign aides, Organizing for Action, bought new online ads to run on news sites and key newspapers in the home states of 10 senators, nine Republican and one Democrat who voted against the background checks issue last week. The ads are tailored to each state, such as one for New Hampshire saying "Remind Senator (Kelly) Ayotte: you work for New Hampshire, not the gun lobby." Among the other senators the group is aiming its ads at are: Republicans Saxby Chambliss, Dan Coats, Ted Cruz, Jeff Flake and Rob Portman and Democrat Heidi Heitkamp.

Meanwhile, the National Rifle Association will be trying to marshal its members to keep up the pressure against some of the proposals at its annual convention next week in Houston. The group said it is expecting 70,000 attendees, which would be one of its largest conventions in its history. Among those speaking will be Republican Governors Rick Perry (Texas) and Bobby Jindal (Louisiana) as well as former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum and Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas.


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soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. sonnie3

    Joe talking to a group of 15, Not much demand for the vp's thought these days.

    April 25, 2013 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  2. Jc

    The problem isn't the people in the debate, its the language used. Assault weapon, background check expansion, gun control, gun crime, and gun legislation are all terms that have different meanings based on party rhetoric. When Obama says expansion of background checks the far tight hears gun registry. That just not true. When someone says "Bushmaster" they automatically imagine an assault weapon, which it is not. Just be ause the barrel has a shroud doesn't make it an assault weapon. The Bushmaster fires at the same rate and uses the same firing mechanism as a glock handgun. Gun control to liberals means stopping hillbillies from stockpiling weapons. Gun control to a conservative means getting the guns out of the hands of the inner city youth that commit the vast majority of gun related crimes. Liberals get up in arms when a white guy kills 26 people, yet say and do nothing when hundreds are shot every day in the ghettos of major cities. The NRA has too much power, and in some respects not enough. They should not be allowed to donate to politicians. They support just as many liberals as they do conservatives, which muddies the waters. No politician should be allowed to accept funds from the NRA. Although, if you did that then liberals wouldn't be allowed to accept contributions from unions, which makes up the majority of their bankroll. Each side points at the other, but until everyone uses the same terminology and starts to vote with their brains instead of who fills their pockets I can guarantee you nothing will get done.

    April 25, 2013 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  3. California

    Biden is a buffoon at best.

    April 25, 2013 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  4. BigJolie

    *yawn*

    April 25, 2013 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  5. MrNeedtoKnow

    Hellooo, distraction, noise, gun control, gop, and petty stuff, now that is true news for the sheep. Blaaah

    April 25, 2013 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  6. rs

    All it will require it patience, sad to say. The national gun death toll since Newtown has risen beyond 3,600, and there will certainly be more large massacres. Each and every gun death, and multiple shooting will simply add pressure the Right to either face the fact that America needs the common-sense legislation now on the table, or face the inevitable voter wrath to come. That the GOP will sit idely by and play politics with their filibusters and let people die is irresponsible, if not criminal, but at some point they will figure out their position is incorrect AND vulnerable.When that day comes the NRA will wish they had been more flexible, because they won't like the results and they'll be powerless to stop it.

    April 25, 2013 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  7. Mike

    Fighting an uphill battle there,Joe. And after the people boot the rest of the Dems out of office in 2014 there will be no battle over this dead issue.

    April 25, 2013 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  8. Willard Mayfield

    Your gun grab is dead liberals....Now can we get back to something important? Geez

    April 25, 2013 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  9. eaglemountainranch

    Good luck with that..I guess we will have to stand up and fight again so the left can lose again. "shall not be infringed"

    April 25, 2013 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  10. eaglemountainranch

    Good luck ..with that we will stand up and fight again..and again "shall not be infringed" If you bleeding heart libs want our gun so bad come and get um...you won't make it past the first crack in the side walk.....

    April 25, 2013 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  11. American voter

    Whistling past the graveyard....

    April 25, 2013 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  12. Brhino

    Almost sounds like the administration wanted a loss on this, so it could be used as an issue going into 2014. Having the issue and the passion behind it is how repubs took it all in 94. In this case however, the Dems are going to have a hard time keeping the passion up, unless of course the news media helps them keep it all going.......

    April 25, 2013 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  13. Dennis Huang

    While 90% of Americans support universal background checks, spineless Senators fearing retaliation, maybe even death threats from gun wailing crazies, would vote no. Why do we need these imbeciles if they won't do the peoples work.

    April 25, 2013 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  14. jjj

    communist dictatorship new world order goons of obama bin ladin and diane frankenstine and big bad janet big sis wench shut the hell up and stop trying to infringe on our rights, 1776 is going to happen again if you idiots keep it up 60 percent of america wont put up with the police state crap, right to bear arms shall not be infringed ( pierce morgan) go face your charges you hippacrit!

    April 25, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  15. Don

    "Polls showing about 90% of Americans supported the background checks expansion." you people crack me up with your out right lies. 90% percent of a rigged fixed poll does not 90 percent of the usa people make. Stop lying

    April 25, 2013 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    The dictators never give up, trying to take over America.

    April 25, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  17. Matt

    Never let the will of the people or the democratic process get in the way of the president's personal agenda...

    April 25, 2013 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  18. ron

    miden,,,,,you are to blame for newtown...you have not and have not done anything to stop evil from entering schools...our chidren are still at risk....

    April 25, 2013 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  19. Binga Linga

    Their effort will be akin to pushing a string.

    April 25, 2013 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  20. sanchanim

    Clearly he does not realize the resolve of America's law abiding gun owners. The first set of legislation that came down was highly overreaching. The Schumer bill didn't even make it into the mix. The 90% is a lie. Recent poles show support below 50% depending on how the question was phrased.
    He will push for more over reaching legislation and we will push back and win again and again. Why? Because legislators from gun friendly states want to keep their jobs. Many gun owners were not single issue voters before, are now, and they have long memories. It is really simple folks. If they want to keep their jobs they will vote no. The 40 to 60 defeat of the AWB bill from DiFi is a clear indication of that.

    April 25, 2013 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  21. bill o'rights

    Go for it, gungrabbers.

    You've woken up the sleeping giant–rural America.

    The issue is simple, regardless of the inane, illogical and misguided tangents hurled at us by the Obama administration and their mainstream media counterparts...

    The lines have been drawn. It's D.C. elites and their metropolitan fellow travelers in urban America, where legal gun ownership is low and gun crime is high vs. Rural America, where legal gun ownership is high and gun crime is low.

    Any further overtures towards gun control will serve only to garner support for supporters of the second amendment.

    I hear that the NRA is well on its way to doubling its membership this year.

    April 26, 2013 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  22. mario

    we cant give up we must stand together and do something it will save countless lives :)

    April 26, 2013 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  23. Don

    love to hear how they figured that 90% of the US population wanted that bill passed, maybe some wanted parts but how many of you know the full bill? Background checks for ALL transfers, even father to son, Ban of certain weapons based solely on looks, and limits on magazine capacity randomly chosen to be 10 rounds (includes a majority of pistols) and magazines that can be extended which would include ALL shotguns. Yet they try to tell you they aren't trying to get rid of firearms.

    April 26, 2013 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  24. bill jackson

    Joe Biden.. Just has to keep pushing and pushing. Reminds me of the time when Al "hanging chads" Gore couldnt and wouldnt come to understanding of the LOOSING end of a VOTE. Get OVER iT JOE. TYPICAL liberal CRY BABY.

    April 26, 2013 04:28 am at 4:28 am |
  25. H

    michael bloomberg "mayors against illegals guns" should be charged with fraud his campaign is not going after illegal guns only the legal ones. Michael bloomberg is using this non profit charity as a front who doesnt want to stop illegal guns? we all do but the truth is he doesnt he wants legal guns out of our homes.

    April 26, 2013 04:45 am at 4:45 am |
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