Biden to Dems: Don't let politics foil gun control

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 6, 2013 at 8:41 pm •  Published: February 6, 2013
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A proposal being unveiled Thursday by House Democrats that resembles Obama's plan will likely face difficult odds in the GOP-controlled House. Even in the Senate, where Democrats are in control, some Democratic senators have expressed a desire to avoid voting on an assault-weapons ban, the most politically tenuous part of the package.

Biden dismissed concerns about political reprisal as an illegitimate reason for Democrats who otherwise support Obama's measures to vote against them. In addition to changes in public opinion, Biden pointed to social media as another element working for Democrats. Whereas lawmakers who supported the 1994 ban were demagogued as trying to take everyone's guns away, now such accusations are easier to dispel, he said.

Biden pledged to travel extensively throughout the country to make the case for the administration's proposals — he and Obama have already started to make those trips — and said he'd make a point of visiting gun-friendly areas where opposition is likely to be strongest.

"You can go into areas where we're told you can't go and politically survive," Biden said. "I'm telling you times have changed."

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