Biden’s federal task force has been meeting with groups from both sides of the gun control debate issue recently. Yesterday, the Biden group met with victims and gun advocacy groups. Today his task force met with the National Rifle Association (NRA).
The NRA released a statement today saying that the group was "disappointed" by their meeting with the task force. According to CNN, the NRA expected today’s discussions to center more around the issues of mental health, "marketing of violence to our kids," and school safety.
The NRA’s statement revealed that "we were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment." the group said in a statement. “
"While claiming that no policy proposals would be prejudged, this task force spent most of its time on proposed restrictions on lawful firearms owners -- honest, taxpaying, hardworking Americans."
"We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen."
The NRA went on to state that the group, well known for its lobbying expertise and support in Washington, will be putting renewed pressure on congressional leaders beginning immediately.
During the course of his meeting with gun advocacy groups, Vice President Biden said that many of the groups have been supporting the issue of universal background checks for all gun owners.
Regarding the possible reinstatement of the assault weapons ban, the vice president shared that there has been much conversation about "the need to do something about high-capacity magazines."
"This is a complicated issue," Biden said, emphasizing that there is "no singular solution to how we deal with" mass shootings.
In addition to meeting with the NRA today, the task force also met with representatives from the entertainment industry to discuss violence in cinema and television.
Former congressman and also previously the head of the Motion Picture Association of America, Dan Glickman, contends that there are no connections between film violence and the violence that plays out in real life.
According to Glickman, "Hollywood does a pretty good job of letting parents know through its ratings system what kind of movie is coming out -- whether there's violence or sexual conduct or other kinds of things."
For more on today’s events, see the video accompanying this article.
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