Vice President Joe Biden turned a VCU conference room into a
situation room Friday, as he hosted the first of multiple gun safety roundtables
set to take place across the nation.
The roundtable focused on mental health and background check
initiatives, leaving out discussion of a controversial assault weapons ban
introduced by Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) Thursday.
"This tragedy has shaken our national conscious," Biden
said, referring to the December massacre in Newtown. "We have an obligation to
act, and the time is now."
The roundtable focused on devoting unprecedented
resources to mental health professionals, with more money to fund long-term research.
"We need to know under what circumstances are you
able to identify people with a propensity [to commit these acts," Biden said.
"Secondly, how and when we should intervene, if we can intervene."
Sen. Tim Kaine also joined the roundtable, issuing
sharp criticism to Virginia lawmakers who shut down the possibility of the
state adopting background checks.
"Anyone who does not support these background
checks essentially wants to put guns in the hands of felons," Kaine said
Friday. "I am disappointed, but not surprised by the General Assembly in this
Petersburg Police Chief JohnI.Dixon, III also joined Friday's
roundtable. Four gun safety bills have now been introduced in Congress based in
part on the recommendations of Biden's gun safety task force.
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