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Biden's Gun Policy Recommendations Coming Tuesday

The Vice President has been meeting with parties on both sides of the gun control debate, as well as mental health advocates, as he crafts proposals in response to the Dec. 14 Newtown school shooting. And the NRA responds.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is expected to announce sweeping policy changes to gun laws and mental health care on Tuesday, two weeks earlier than expected.

The recommendations, at the request of President Barack Obama, are a response to the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that claimed the life of 20 first-graders and six educators.

According to a report by the Huffington Post, Biden's proposals are likely to address the availability and access to certain types of guns and ammunition, and tackle the issue of data collection and background checks.

While Connecticut State Police continue their investigation into the Newtown shooting, authorities have identified a 20-year-old man, Adam Lanza, as the shooter. Police said Lanza, who reportedly had some mental health issues and/or social disorder, killed his mother, Nancy, at their Newtown home before shooting his way into the nearby school.

Lanza, who was armed with an assault rifle, among other guns—all legally owned by his mother—ultimately took his own life, police said.

Biden's Remarks, NRA Responds
Biden announced Thursday—a day that saw another school shooting—that he would deliver his proposal on Tuesday, Jan. 15. In his address to the press corps, the Huffington Post quoted him as saying:

"So far [there has been] a surprising recurrence of suggestions that we have universal background checks. Not just closing the gun show loophole, but have total universal background checks including in private sales."

A blog on the vice president's website reports that, in coming up with his proposals, Biden has met and talked with elected officials at all levels of government, wildlife and sporting groups, gun control advocates and gun rights proponents, including the National Rifle Association (NRA).

In response to Thursday's announcement by the vice president, the NRA released a statement that said, in part:

"We were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment. While claiming that no policy proposals would be “prejudged,” this Task Force spent most of its time on proposed restrictions on lawful firearms owners — honest, taxpaying, hardworking Americans." 

"It is unfortunate that this Administration continues to insist on pushing failed solutions to our nation's most pressing problems," the statement continued. "We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen. Instead, we will now take our commitment and meaningful contributions to members of congress of both parties who are interested in having an honest conversation about what works — and what does not."

michael January 13, 2013 at 01:40 PM
Gun control is a must and begins with good education take away our right an only the criminals will have them
D.E.Y January 13, 2013 at 01:46 PM
So this guy gets held up at gun point by another guy who just bought a gun from another gentleman on the corner of the street. The guy being held up says" can you come back in a couple of weeks when my back ground check is finished."
wayne January 13, 2013 at 01:55 PM
Looking at our government today,no budget,16.5 trillion in debt and totalitarian marxist democrats, thank god we the people have the bill of rights to protect us from government.stock up and dig in.
JHF January 13, 2013 at 01:57 PM
I get the fact that we want to get the guns out of the hands of criminals or madmen so that something like. The Sandy Hook school shooting doesn't happen but why take away my right to protect myself from a person that would do such a thing. I am a law abiding citizen that carrys a gun everyday, and for me I hope I never have to unholster the gun and use it but if I have to I will.
Boneh G. Avidor January 13, 2013 at 01:58 PM
Alternative: the guy getting held up reaches for his gun. The other guy shoots him in the chest as he draws his gun out. Our hero manages to squeeze the trigger on his automatic, spraying 30 rounds a second as he falls to the ground. He hits a kid and his mom among others. Horrified, three passersby unload their weapons into our hero. As the sirens come closer, the remaining gun control advocates in the area vow to themselves to get a gun.
jim January 13, 2013 at 02:04 PM
We need to get tough on criminals who use firearms to commit a crime. I say cut off tbe hands of a criminal who uses a firearm illegally, other countries cut off the hands of someone who simply steals. We are too soft on criminals and going after law abiding citizens who own firearms will not solve the problem.
Cynthia crisdon January 13, 2013 at 02:05 PM
Thank you,mr vice presidet biden we need positive thinking people to take charge in making decisions and stop negative people from making bad decisions that has harmed others. And about the violent video games shut it down, and violent hard core violents thats shown on tv all hrs where kids get to watch restrict the time frame,and banned that also as much as you can tv plays an important role. We want to feel the Peace in our america. May the aerican dream live on.
brian kent pryor January 13, 2013 at 02:51 PM
If they want to infringe on rights, go to the people who were offended by the pledge of allegiance and the word GOD being said in schools and tell them to " sit down and shutup" then go to those who think god fearing ,responsible, loving ,caring parents shouldn't be allowed to discipline their children and tell them to " sit down and shutup " then go to those who make videos games like " kindergarten killer " and then tell them to " sit down and shutup " lets get to the roots of the real evil in our society and deal with them, and quit blaming inanimate objects likguns. ,oh yea hammers golf clubs kitchen knives ,ball bats ,tire irons ,cars , people's bare hands ,and the list of "weapons goes on and on, lets get real people
Jim January 13, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Outside of scientific research, it is illegal to buy, sell, import or possess cocaine in the USA. As of 2010 the U.S.A. STILL consumes around 300 tons of cocaine annually, nearly all of which is smuggled in. Do you people honestly believe that these same people don't (or can't) smuggle guns as well? Banning "assault weapons" will make us feel better because it could have prevented the tragedies as a result of the breakdown of our mental health system in white suburban communities, but it's going to do nothing for our poor inner cities. You know, the place you are too afraid to go and try and keep your children out of? I guess it doesn't matter, since you aren't faced with the drugs and gang violence the residents of our poorest neighborhoods face daily. But hey, at you'll be able to sleep better in your nice middle class neighborhood, because Joe Schmoe, the real estate agent down the street, can't have a target rifle anymore because it has a big scary plastic stock on it.
chooch January 14, 2013 at 06:12 AM
Automatic handgun. That's a new one. Must be a liberturd
chooch January 14, 2013 at 06:13 AM
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