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    Biden Talks Gun Control With Mayors

    WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 17:  U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden addresses the 81st Winter Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) at Capital Hilton Hotel January 17, 2013 in Washington, DC. Biden delivered remarks on gun control during the opening plenary luncheon of the meeting.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

    Alex Wong

    On the heels of President Obama’s sweeping gun-control proposal, Vice President Joe Biden attempted to galvanize the U.S. Conference of Mayors during a meeting Thursday. Biden emphasized the four key principles he and Obama followed while conceiving the proposals, including respect for the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms (he owns two hunting guns himself). “We have to act,” he told the group, stressing the need to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. The epidemic “isn’t just about guns,” he concluded, but about a culture of violence that the nation needs to eradicate.  

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