Biden's gun panel meets with faith leaders
Vice President Joe Biden said President Barack Obama is exploring executive orders to help stop mass shootings.
January 9th, 2013
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Biden's gun panel meets with faith leaders

Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden and officials on his gun violence committee held an unannounced meeting Wednesday evening with a group of 12 national faith leaders.

One theme brought up by several participants was the "moral tragedy" reflected in the gun violence the nation has seen over the past several months.

According to Rev. Michael McBride, one of the attendees, the vice president talked about the moral imperative to take action.

"He was asking the faith community to use the power of our moral voices and persuasion" to help find common sense solutions, McBride said.

McBride heads PICO National Network’s Lifelines to Healing Campaign, a faith-based effort to reduce gun violence focused on inner cities. The acronym stands for People Improving Communities through Organizing.

He spoke at the session about the tragedy of urban violence and ways to prevent it.

Biden reiterated to the group what he mentioned publicly Wednesday: the administration will be pursuing initiatives on two tracks, legislative and executive. The latter would see faster action because it is within the president's unilateral control.

In the meeting, he did not offer specifics on what type of measures the committee was contemplating. The topics of background checks, assault weapon bans and mental health were discussed, and the vice president mentioned those three as some of the most talked about subjects so far in his various committee sessions.

Leaders of the Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh and Hindu religions, as well as Evangelical and Pentecostal Christian communities, were represented. Among other topics they raised: protection of religious buildings and religious intolerance.

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  1. Nick

    Is no one else deeply offended by this? What business does ANY clergy have in lawmaking? Are we to believe that their opinion is valuable based on their faith? "He was asking the faith community to use the power of our moral voices and persuasion" to help find common sense solutions, McBride said. Absolute nonsense. Thanks Joe!

    January 10, 2013 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  2. Anonymous

    all we need to do is keep the guns away from the crazy people .... guns dont kill people people do!!!!!!!!!

    January 10, 2013 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  3. James King

    These religious clowns do not speak for people who really believe in God or the Bible. Abraham was a man of faith and he ARMED and trained his workers in military tactics. They rescued Abraham's nephew from a coalition of forces. Jesus Christ ordered His disciples to get a sword just prior to His crucifixion. The nation began with God, guts, and guns. America has already given up God and they have no guts. When the guns are gone from the people, we are done.

    January 10, 2013 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  4. Rogue351

    Hold gun owners finically responsible if their gun is stolen and used in a crime How else are the criminals getting the guns in the first place ? We have so many here they are going over our boarders to other countries. We talk about out illegal immigrant problem and what it does to our country but what do our gun do to others. There is a problem. Regardless if it is the NRA, the gun owners, the gun makers, the laws, or the people selling the guns something needs to change. It is plain STUPID to think otherwise solely based on our constitution when it not only impacts people here in the USA but people in South America and Canada. Sure you can own a gun, just be responsible for it. The GOP is always saying that people need to be responsible. Well here is your chance, take responsibility for your guns. If you had done this in the first place we would not have as many guns on the streets. The Federal Governed would not have to step in and make laws. Back ground checks, totally except able. If you drive a car you have to have a license and you are in a data base. Stop the paranoia of a government taking over, taking your guns and enslaving the who USA. That is Stupid, we are worth more to the government working and paying taxes than we are as there slaves, use your heads. Fighting off a tyrannical government ? I don't think so. Not unless you pass laws and anyone who can afford it can own an F16, or a nuke. Any gun you keep in your home no matter how good of a shot you are, when used against the government or law enforcement is going to result in a no win situation for you. Realize it and move on with your life. Gun are not the end all be all of being an American. If you think they are then you are NOT an American. It is a true fact guns do not kill people, people with guns kill people. I would also like to point out that an AR15 or any large caliber gun for that matter is not a great choice for home defense. The rounds will more than likely pass out of your home and into at the very least one if not two homes in the path of that bullet. So you may in fact shoot the "Bad Guy" but you may also shoot your neighbor. So yes, people that do not have guns have just as much right to be in on this debate as the ones with guns. Another sobering fact, chances are better than not, your gun will more than likely be taken away from you by the "Bad Guy" and used against you. People who have not be trained, and I do not mean a 3 hour class of a couple of hours at the range will more than likely panic and hurt themselves, a family member or have the gun used against them. So before you say, You can take my gun when you pry it from my cold dead hand, use your brain that god gave you and think. Speaking of god, how Christian are guns, killing for pleasure which A LOT of Trophy hunters do. I was under the impression that turn the other cheer and love was the main message passed on by most churches here in the USA ? Where exactly does Kill, destroy, wound and hate come into the equation as far as modern Christianity ? And if that is the message you are getting from your pastor then what exactly is the difference between him and the militant terrorists we are fighting in Afghanistan. The brand of religion, have you really stooped that low. I would like to think America is much more than a religious armed group of fundamentalists. Which by the way is exactly the way you are being viewed by the rest of the world, our allies. And if you think for one second a million man arm from China is going to roll up undetected on our shores and your AR15 or 45 is going to change anything think again. You have watched way to many hollywood movies. I an attack ever does come it will be via a computer and your gun will not do you a bit of good. A key Board maybe, but in the case for who this message is directed at I doubt it.

    January 10, 2013 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  5. James Murray

    This is unnecessary and in poor taste. Unless these leaders are vastly different from the clergy that swarmed the airwaves after the attack, all that they have to share are opportunistic attacks on secularism.

    January 10, 2013 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  6. Mark

    I'm so sick of hearing about this stupid gun control issue. The country is melting down economically, and this is their fast track issue?
    Politicians-completely useless.Control freaks.

    January 10, 2013 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  7. Bonnie

    What does religion have to do with any of this?
    Religion is not special and has no place in policy making in the US.
    There are plenty of religious countries, for example, the middle east is filled with them.
    I don't want my country to look like that.

    January 10, 2013 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  8. Luke

    NOBODY associated with the Obama administration is interested in actually working with various faiths to reach "common sense solutions" to violence in America. As liberals, the fact that they even mentioned an interest in common sense (the sworn mortal enemy of liberalism) should be a red flag announcing some sort of lie or trick. Most likely, this meeting will be used as a test to see who's religion is first to get banned by executive order. The dirtbag promised change, here it is! Thanks liberals! Youve doomed us all.

    January 10, 2013 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  9. Patrick

    The nations top 12 charlotan cult leaders are going to address the moral tragedy of all those children getting shot to death!!
    We need to get rid of these parasitic manipulators of innocent minds, along with the guns.
    Then, maybe we can start to restore some sanity to our country!

    January 10, 2013 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  10. rob

    Before the government enacts any more gun control laws, I think we need to have some kind of verification that all the weapons theis same administration sold to the Mexican Drug Cartel have been recovered. Seriously? Our government wants to disarm its own citizens but provide assault weapons to the cartel – while refusing to enforce the current immigration laws!

    January 10, 2013 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  11. fiftyfive55

    I unfortunately do not have body guards like the govt officials do,so I have a much different opinion on guncontrol than those who have armed body guards.

    January 10, 2013 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  12. Washington Is Out Of Touch with reality

    be advised, this is not a dictatorship

    January 10, 2013 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  13. Gurgyl

    Pass gun-control laws. Do not care NRA lobby for profit, greed. Nation in dire need.

    January 10, 2013 07:13 am at 7:13 am |