Joe Biden Silent On Assault Weapons Ban At Gun Violence Event
Authentic louis vuitton handbags WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden pushed several pieces of President Barack Obama’s gun violence package on Friday, particularly the need for universal background checks -- one of the few items with a chance of moving through Congress.
But during his remarks after a two-hour roundtable with cabinet heads and Virginia officials, Biden noticeably omitted the two most ambitious, contentious pieces of Obama’s package: an assault weapons ban and a ban on high-capacity gun magazines. His silence on those fronts comes amid signs that neither stands a chance of becoming law, despite some Democrats -- and the president -- forging ahead anyway.
Talking to reporters, Biden ticked off a range of recommendations the group discussed in the meeting: federal gun trafficking legislation, better access and resources for mental health services, more funding for law enforcement positions, better research into violent behavior and possible ties to violent video programming.
louis vuitton handbags shop online Biden also stressed training for gun owners so they know “how to better husband their weapons.” He gave a strong push to universal background checks and said that while opponents of gun control may say that the government should just focus on enforcing existing laws instead of making new ones, the first step to doing that is making sure that people deemed mentally unstable or violent by courts are registered in the background check system.
"That’s why we need universal background checks. All information is sent to a national system," he said. "It in no way impacts someone’s ability to own a gun. Zero. Zero."
The vice president’s meeting, which took place in Richmond, Va., marks the first of several that he and Obama are planning around the country as part of their effort to build public support for action on gun violence. authentic louis vuitton handbags outlet Attendees in Friday’s meeting included Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Deputy U.S. Attorney General Jim Cole, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.). Experts who worked on gun safety issues in the wake of the Virginia Tech University shootings also participated.
Still, throughout the vice president’s remarks and those of some of the others in attendance, nobody mentioned an assault weapons ban or restrictions on high-capacity magazines. On Thursday, Biden downplayed the importance of an assault weapons ban in favor of pushing background checks and magazine restrictions.
louis vuitton handbags outlet online White House Press Secretary Jay Carney dismissed the idea that Biden didn't talk about the two proposals because they've become a lower priority for the White House, given the political challenges.
"The president supports the renewal of the assault weapons ban. He supports addressing or limiting the magazine capacity," Carney said at his daily briefing Friday. “These are all priorities … The fact that they’re hard, some harder than others, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t move forward on them and make the case for them. That’s what the president has done and will do.”
authentic louis vuitton handbags online UPDATE: 6:30 p.m. -- A source inside the room during Biden's meeting said he did bring up the assault weapons ban during his conversations in there, as well as high-capacity magazines.
Couple Hit By Suspected Drunk Driver In Walmart Parking Lot11/24/2012 - 12:29am | Comments: ()
Couple Hit By Suspected Drunk Driver In Walmart Parking Lot
ugg boots black Friday A couple heading into a Walmart on Thursday night to get a jump on Black Friday deals was hit by a 71-year-old man driving an SUV.
The incident happened shortly after 8 p.m. in Covington, WA. Deputies arrested the driver for vehicular assault and are investigating to see if the driver was intoxicated at the time, the Seattle Post Intelligencer reports.
uggs black friday sale Sgt. Cindi West of the King County Sheriff's Department told KING 5 News that the 45-year-old woman who was hit was trapped underneath the vehicle and the man landed on the car's hood. Both were flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The woman is in serious condition and the man is in fair condition.
uggs cyber sale A call to the Covington Police Department was not immediately returned.
West told SeattlePi that the couple was struck as they were walking toward Walmart's entrance where several people were waiting in line to get inside. Many people rushed to help the couple after they were hit.
Walmart was one of the many stores to open early on Thursday for shoppers eager to get a head start on Black Friday deals. uggs black friday West said the incident is a reminder for people enjoying alcohol during the upcoming holiday season that they should not be driving.