Updated at 4:19 p.m. on Monday 6/3
(CNN) – In closing remarks at the White House's National Conference on Mental Health Monday, Vice President Joe Biden delivered an emotional plea to those struggling with mental illness and their families.
"Let's use this moment to send a message to tens of millions of Americans especially the young people and the parents of young people all over this country," Biden said, speaking quietly. "There is nothing, nothing to be ashamed of if you are struggling with mental issues or if your child is or your spouse or your friend. It's okay. It's okay to talk about it. It's okay to ask for help. It is okay to acknowledge that it is frightening."
Washington (CNN) - A large gun advocacy group is hitting its first Democrat in their most recent campaign to increase gun control measures.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns, founded by independent New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, announced an ad Friday criticizing Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor for his recent vote against gun legislation in the Senate, including expanding background checks.
Washington (CNN) – Directly mentioning the Newtown, Connecticut shootings for the first time in a campaign ad, Democratic Massachusetts Senate candidate Ed Markey criticized his Republican opponent Gabriel Gomez for opposing gun-control legislation.
"Gomez is against battling assault weapons," the ad says. "And Gomez is against banning high-capacity magazines like the ones used in the Newtown school shooting."
Washington (CNN) – The national battle over guns is headed to the states in a major way.
Already groups supporting more gun restrictions have been active on the local level. And now for the first time in almost two decades, the National Rifle Association is attempting to coordinate the recall of a top state legislator for having successfully passed further gun restrictions in his state, CNN has learned.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - While much of Washington's attention is on the various controversies involving the IRS, the Benghazi attack and the Justice Department subpoena of the Associated Press, those on both sides of the gun control debate are engaged in trying to sway public opinion.
Much of the focus right now is on New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte, the only member of the U.S. Senate from New England to vote against the proposal pushed by her colleagues, Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) and Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania), to expand background checks for gun purchases.
(CNN) - While lawmakers in Washington have yet to agree on proposals to reduce gun violence, Myles Nelson, a seven-year-old from Milwaukee, has his own mouth-melting pitch: Turn bullets into chocolate.
"Dear Vice President Biden, I have a great idea," Nelson wrote in a letter that he read aloud to CNN Affiliate WTMJ. "I think guns should shoot out chocolate bullets. Then no one will get killed and no one will be sad."
(CNN) - Sen. Kelly Ayotte, whose votes on gun background checks have haunted her back at home in New Hampshire, will receive some support from another GOP senator seen as a rising star.
Sen. Marco Rubio's political committee Reclaim America will begin running a TV ad Tuesday in her defense, joining a commercial the National Rifle Association put on the state's main broadcast channel last week.
(CNN) – The progression of public attitude toward an acceptance of same-sex marriage can also be seen in the quest for more restrictive gun control laws, Vice President Joe Biden asserted in an interview published Thursday.
Biden, who led the Obama administration task force to develop proposals for new gun laws, said Americans' stance on guns had changed after the Newtown school shooting, but that some lawmakers have yet to acknowledge the shift.
(CNN) - Mayors Against Illegal Guns advocacy group launched a new television ad on Thursday praising Republican Senator Pat Toomey for co-sponsoring an amendment to expand background checks in Pennsylvania
The organization is backed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and is focused on supporting gun control. They say that the Toomey television spot is a two-week, six-figure ad buy.
(CNN) – The political group formed from President Barack Obama's presidential campaign has collected more than 1.4 million signatures on a petition urging congressional leaders to reconsider and pass legislation expanding background checks on gun sales.
Organizing for Action collected the signatures online and in-person, and will send the petition to leaders on Capitol Hill Thursday. Rules prevent the boxes of paper from being delivered directly to lawmakers, so names will be sent digitally, and the physical signatures will be shipped to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner.