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Biden, Speaking in NY, Supports Assault Weapons Ban

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Relatives of shooting victims from Newtown, Conn., stood with Vice President Joe Biden as he spoke at New York's City Hall in favor of an assault weapons ban.

Lynn McDonell’s daughter Grace was among the 20 children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December. She said she’s not a gun safety or policy expert, but she does understand loss since the unthinkable became her reality. "We feel an immense sense of responsibility to our daughter Grace to try and help bring about change," she said.

Senate Democrats have dropped the ban from the gun control package they plan to consider next month. However, Biden reiterated Thursday that the White House is still pushing for the measure.

Neil Heslin's 6-year-old son Jesse was also killed at the school. He expressed his frustration at Congress. "Quite honestly I'm really ashamed to see that Congress doesn't have the guts to stand up and make a change and put a ban on these types of weapons and universal background checks," he said.

Biden said the president's gun proposals don't infringe "one iota" on Second Amendment rights.

Biden also was joined by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He emphasized proposals for expanding background checks of gun buyers.

Bloomberg and Boston's Thomas Menino head a coalition called Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

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