Vice President Joe Biden, who led the administration’s push for gun control after the Newtown massacre, wrote a Sunday op-ed in the Houston Chronicle, promising to continue his efforts. Meanwhile, the NRA was holding a convention in the same city to celebrate their successful defeat of gun control measures in the U.S. Senate.
In a pointed piece, Biden argued in support of a measure to expand background checks, that failed to earn a 60-vote super-majority when introduced as an amendment to the senate’s gun bill.
“As the National Rifle Association slogan goes, guns don’t kill people, people kill people. So why not close giant loopholes in our laws that allow criminals and other potentially dangerous individuals to arm themselves?”
Despite failure last month, Biden wrote, the fight is not over:
“We fell short on our first effort to pass Manchin-Toomey in the Senate, but we will not be deterred by one setback. We have an obligation to make sure that the voices of victims, not the voice of the NRA, ring the loudest in this debate.”
And, as many advocates have done since the measure was defeated, the vice president attacked by name those who voted against it and vowed to hold them accountable:
“Those very senators are discovering that the political landscape really did change. They are learning that Newtown really did shock the conscience of the nation and that inaction will not be tolerated by Democrats, Republicans or independents.” Read the full op-ed here.
Efforts to keep gun control alive exist not just in Houston but here in Hartford as well. On Friday, the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force will hold a field hearing hosted by Rep. John Larson.