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NRA, video game makers to meet with Biden gun task force this week


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Initial post: Jan 8, 2013 12:56:30 PM PST
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The powerful U.S. gun lobby, the National Rifle Association, is slated to meet with Vice President Joe Biden as he considers recommendations on how to respond to a mass shooting last month in Newtown, Connecticut, the White House said on Tuesday.

After the Newtown school shooting, which President Barack Obama called the worst day of his presidency, he asked Biden to come up with a broad range of ideas to curb gun violence - ideas he will unveil in his annual State of the Union address, traditionally given in late January.

Obama has said he wants new gun control measures passed during the first year of his second term but gun control is a divisive issue in the United States, where the right to bear arms is enshrined in the Constitution.

Biden's task force is examining legislation that would ban assault rifles, but is also looking at the role of violent movies and videogames in mass shootings and whether there is adequate access to mental health services.

Biden and his task force are slated to hold meeting this week with victims of gun violence, gun safety groups, hunting groups, and gun owners, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.

"His group will also meet with representatives of the entertainment and video-game industries," Carney said.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will meet with mental health and disability advocates, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan is slated to meet with parent, teacher and education groups, Carney said.

The NRA has proposed armed guards in schools, an idea about which Obama has expressed skepticism.

An NRA spokesman said the group will attend the task force meeting.

"We are sending a representative to hear what they have to say," NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said in an e-mailed statement.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 12:57:35 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 8, 2013 12:58:03 PM PST
Meth Panther says:
Mark David Chapman was obsessed with the catcher in the rye, we should ban books too

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 12:58:18 PM PST
JWK says:
The best way to curb gun violence is to ban humans. All of them. All the humans.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 12:59:42 PM PST
MrFoxhound says:
They'll be American when they walk into the meeting, but Australian when they walk out.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 12:59:52 PM PST
Soulshine says:
"and whether there is adequate access to mental health services."

There isn't. TASK FORCE COMPLETED

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 12:59:56 PM PST
godammit! When's the last time Obama or Biden even played a real videogame? Ever?

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 1:00:25 PM PST
Punk! says:
This has nothing to do with video games!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 1:01:04 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 8, 2013 1:03:37 PM PST
But now every approved game will have an Obama sticker on the cover so you'll know it's safe.

Maybe we'll start seeing more squirt guns and paintball guns in our games now.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 1:01:35 PM PST
Are you making a statement or are you confessing that you didn't read the article?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 1:02:40 PM PST
Punk! says:
Hmm. . . no.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 1:03:39 PM PST
This whole situation reminds me of the 80's when tabletop D&D and heavy metal music were tools of Satan. So f'in ridiculous!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 1:08:00 PM PST
They should have real guns and Predator drones.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 1:08:06 PM PST
I thought he was referring to the situation, not the article.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 1:09:36 PM PST
J. Pardee says:
Agreed, it seems like a simple answer to me.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 1:18:58 PM PST
Ralvek says:
Obama is skeptic about armed guards at schools...doesn't his kids go to a school that has armed guards?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 1:19:39 PM PST
That's different from armed guards at EVERY school though.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 1:22:41 PM PST
Uncle Ulty says:
It is kinda funny to see so many liberal types, who are for banning or censoring anything that goes against their values, get a little flustered about the government trying to touch their video games.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 1:23:29 PM PST
Punk! says:
Yeah! Screw those people! Wait, who are we referring to now?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 1:24:17 PM PST
Huh?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 1:31:42 PM PST
J. Pardee says:
Liberal types? I see more crazy conservatives going off about how Obama is stealing their only way to defend themselves than Liberals going off about video games.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 1:31:51 PM PST
Uncle Ulty says:
The type of people that want to ban everything they consider to be possibly harmful like: plastic grocery bags, sodas, tasty school lunches, light bulbs, guns (lol)......etc.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 1:33:46 PM PST
I don't see any of these liberals, or conservatives, complaining about video games getting touched.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 1:35:27 PM PST
Soulshine says:
That's not what I'm seeing, at least in reality.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 1:37:05 PM PST
Meth Panther says:
those school lunches were never that tasty

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 1:40:23 PM PST
YOU WILL HAVE TO PRY MY SODA FROM MY COLD DEAD HANDS.

Seriously, I drink at least two liters of room temperature Pepsi Max a day. I could give up my smoking before I gave up my soda.
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