Vice President Joe Biden receives a bracelet from Paige Baitinger, wife of fallen St. Petersburg, Fla., police Sgt. Thomas Baitinger, following a Medal of Valor ceremony in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Feb. 20, 2013. The Vice President and Attorney General Eric Holder presented 18 recipients with the Medal of Valor, which is awarded to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect others from harm. Baitinger accepted the award on behalf of her husband who was killed in the line of duty in 2011. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Biden: ‘Unacceptable’ To Not Take Action On Gun Violence

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said it is “unacceptable” not to do something about gun violence in America.

Biden spoke at a conference on gun violence just a few kilometers from the scene of the December shooting in Newtown, Connecticut – where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults in an elementary school.

Biden praised officials working to tackle gun crime. But he added America will be “judged as a society” if no action is taken to keep citizens safe from gun attacks. He said, “The American people are with us. You should know. You all should know there is a moral price to be paid for inaction.”

Experts in the fields of mental health, law enforcement and education participated in the conference in Danbury, Connecticut. The parents of seven-year-old Newtown victim Grace McDonnell took part in one of the panels.

The event was organized by members of the state’s congressional delegation.

President Barack Obama is pushing for universal background checks for gun owners, a ban on military-style assault weapons and limits to the size of ammunition magazines.

Gun advocates say additional laws will not keep weapons away from people with violent intent, and the government should instead focus on enforcing exisiting laws.


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