Vice President Biden is heading a task force whose goal it is to reduce gun violence. He said he would make recommendations to President Obama by January 15th, next Tuesday.
He's met with victims' groups, law enforcement officials, governors, mayors and clergy. He's doing his best to reach a consensus in a timely manner while there is still support for Congress to act after the Newtown shooting tragedy.
Today he gave the NRA an hour and a half of his time (that he'll never get back), and look where it got him:
(Reuters) - Biden [told] reporters he is likely to recommend background checks for all gun buyers and a ban on high-capacity ammunition clips.
"It is unfortunate that this administration continues to insist on pushing failed solutions to our nation's most pressing problems. We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen," the NRA said in a statement after the meeting. [...]
"We were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment," the NRA said. "While claiming that no policy proposals would be 'prejudged,' this task force spent most of its time on proposed restrictions on lawful firearms owners - honest, taxpaying, hardworking Americans."
That's right, all he got were the usual talking points about how the White House is trying to limit the constitutionally protected rights of gun enthusiasts who inexplicably feel compelled to own and use high capacity gun magazines and military weapons.
The NRA insists on armed security officers at schools. Unfortunately, that didn't work out too well at today's school shooting. And how depressing is it that I just had to write "today's" shooting?
And the NRA is "disappointed"? Very productive, guys, thank you for your time and redundancy.
Here is a list of other groups Biden was scheduled to meet with today.