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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