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Danbury, Connecticut - February 21, 2013
1. SOUNDBITE: Vice President Joe Biden
"There is much we can do. The thing that is most frustrating but understandable is in many cases - and I travel all around the country - the sense of hopelessness. People say how do we deal with any of this? I get asked on the shows I do and these large audiences - I get asked what's the one thing, what's the one thing that can be done? There's not one thing that can be done. When you say that people get a sense like god, there's no answer. Multiple things can and must be done, totally within our power. Totally within our control that will fundamentally alter the situation we find ourselves in."
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2. SOUNDBITE: Vice President Joe Biden
"The facts are our culture isn't killing 25 people a day. It's weapons with high capacity magazines. It's criminals who get guns without going through a background check. I also get told, they say, there are too many of these weapons out there already so why do anything about putting more out? The ban will have no effect. That's certainly no argument to continue to proliferate weapons we don't think are healthy in society. For the president and me, it's a simple proposition tragically highlighted by what happened in Newtown. We can't remain silent. We have to speak for all those voices. We have to speak for those 20 beautiful children who died 69 days ago, 12 miles from here. They cant speak for themselves. We have to speak for the 6 adults who died trying to save the children in their care that day who can't speak for themselves. We have to speak for the 1,900 people who've died at the other of a gun just since Sandy Hook in this country. 1,900 just since that day. They can no longer speak for themselves."
Vice President Joe Biden is trying to rally support for the administration's proposals to curb gun violence, saying there will be a moral price to pay for inaction.
Biden is speaking Thursday at a conference in Danbury, Conn., just a few miles from the scene of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He says that America has changed its views of gun control since the Dec. 14 massacre of 26 people inside the Newtown school.
Other speakers, including the parents of a 7-year-old girl killed at Sandy Hook, urged Congress to honor the memories of the victims with strong action.
Meanwhile, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced he wants to immediately ban high-capacity ammunition magazines, require background checks for the transfer of firearms and expand the state's assault weapons ban.