By ANDREW HILLEBRAND, Staff Writer
Vice President Joe Biden held meetings at the White House on Wednesday and Thursday with various gun safety organizations and pro-gun groups as the head of a task force on preventing gun violence that was created by President Barack Obama after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Biden said in a press conference on Thursday that the consensus favors banning assault weapons and creating a system of stronger background checks in buying guns.
The National Rifle Association is one pro-gun organization that will likely oppose these measures. An NRA representative said in a statement on Thursday after meeting with Biden, “We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen.”
Biden said that he will make his recommendations on gun legislation to Obama on Tuesday. The President said that he will act quickly upon receiving this recommendation, but there is fear of opposition from the NRA, as well as from Republicans in Congress.
However, Obama will not need Congress for all of his expected legislations, as some of them could be carried out by executive action. Biden met with representatives from several gun safety organizations, such as the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, on Wednesday.
Biden spoke of the importance of acting soon on gun violence.
“I want to make it clear that we are not going to get caught up in the notion that unless we can do everything, we’re going to do nothing,” Biden said. “It’s critically important we act.”
Underlining this point, CNN’s live coverage of Biden’s press conference was interrupted when news reports broke of a school shooting at Taft Union High School in California in which two people were shot.
Obama says he hopes to tackle the gun control issue soon after being sworn in for his second term.
Biden and his task force also plan on meeting with representatives from the video-game and entertainment industries soon.