Biden Cites Moral Price for Inaction on Guns; NRA Seeks Prosecution, Health Fixes


Vice President Joe Biden journeyed yesterday to Connecticut, 12 miles from where an elementary school became a scene of a slaughter in December, to make a fiery plea for Congress to toughen the nation's gun laws, the Washington Post reports. Saying there is “a moral price to be paid for inaction,” Biden sought to publicly shame lawmakers who are hesitant about voting for President Obama’s gun-control agenda, saying, “If you're concerned about your political survival, you should be concerned about the survival of our children. And guess what? I believe the price to be paid politically should go to those who refuse to act.”

National Rifle Association spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said, responding to Biden's speech, that “holding press conferences and making speeches will not make our country or our children safer. Prosecuting criminals, fixing our broken mental health system and placing law enforcement in schools will. That's what the American people and the National Rifle Association support.” The Post says the political reality in Washington is that most Republicans and some Democrats are hesitant or unwilling to support stricter federal weapons laws. Yesterday's event did not include any gun-rights advocates or representatives of the gun industry.

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