Biden Coming To Danbury To Discuss Gun Violence

The vice president will be the keynote speaker at a conference at Western Connecticut State University on Thursday, Feb. 21.

Vice President Joe Biden, the man President Barack Obama tapped to come up with the federal government's response to the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, will be the keynote speaker at a conference in Danbury on Feb. 21.

The conference, at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU), will focus on the federal government response to reducing gun violence.

Danbury is just a few miles from Newtown, where 20 first graders and six educators were gunned down at Sandy Hook School on Dec. 14, 2012.

Connecticut's two newly elected U.S. Senators, Democrats Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, also a Democrat, are hosting the conference. It is not open to the public, only those who have been invited, according to a release announcing the Vice President's visit. 

The conference will include panel discussions on ways to reduce gun violence, protect kids, and make communities safer, and will include national, state, and local leaders, law enforcement, mental health experts, sportsmen, faith leaders, families and survivors of gun violence, the release states. It takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21.

Federal Action in the Works

In the two months since the shooting in Newtown, President Obama has called on Congress to reinstitute a ban on assault rifles, limit the number of bullets in a clip, and establish a national database for mandatory universal background checks to purchase a firearm, among other proposals aimed at curbing gun violence.

'Special Visit' for Danbury

On his Twitter account, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton alluded to Biden's visit a few days ago, before anything had been announced publicly, tweeting:

"Danbury will be getting a special visit next week..."

The vice president's visit is actually the second highly famous person to come to Danbury in the past year. His Holiness the Dalai Lama came in October of 2012 and delivered a series of speeches at WCSU.

Maureen Lopes February 20, 2013 at 02:13 AM
We all need to keeping talking about better ways to protect adults and children, in the suburbs and cities, from gun violence. Thank you to the Vice President, and Congressional representatives, for continuing to support the conversation.
Thomas Paine February 20, 2013 at 04:14 AM
Will his Secret Service detail be armed with double barreled shotguns as the Veep suggests is all civilians need? http://washingtonexaminer.com/biden-shotgun-advice-would-leave-his-wife-defenseless/article/2521974
Edmund Burke February 20, 2013 at 04:58 PM
LOL, you can't make this stuff up- Slow Joe suggests firing a couple of rounds off the balcony. He might want to take a basic gun safety course or get a very good lawyer.
Donald Borsch Jr. February 20, 2013 at 06:11 PM
Maureen, The best way to protect adults and children against gun violence from criminals is to have a non-criminal with a gun nearby, or better yet, for law-abiding Americans to exercise their Constitutional right to carry a firearm. I have yet to see a bullet to the head that did not have a 100% efficiency rating, as opposed to Draconian gun control laws as in Chicago that are a dismal and total failure.
Doan Steel February 20, 2013 at 06:29 PM
While the NRA has the gun owner who speak with a very loud voice there are an equal amount (4million members) of members at www.momsdemandaction.org. They are not as organized as the gun nuts, but will grow to 5 times the members in the next 6 months - and yes, they vote. Moms (and Dads) go there and sign up.
Concerned Parent & Gun Owner February 20, 2013 at 11:01 PM
Doan - Why "gun nuts"? Why the hate? how many gun owners do you actually know? My bet is more than you think. I have been married for 20+ years, have four kids, work for a bank, have a MBA, coach little league, serve at church, shop at Whole Foods and Costco, mentor father-less teens and could be the person in the car next to you at the red light. I also happen to own a few legal guns, keep them all in a safe, belong to several gun clubs, shoot once every week or two, teach Boy Scouts and other kids firearms safety and have never drawn a gun on a human being. So does my profile scare you! More importantly, do you realize the fastest growing demographic of gun owners is women, both suburban and urban? http://hotair.com/archives/2013/02/18/video-meet-the-fastest-growing-demographic-among-gun-owners/
Concerned Parent & Gun Owner February 20, 2013 at 11:10 PM
Btw, Doan, I too demand action but of the type that will actually have a REAL impact on the major causes of gun violence and gun death. How about we work on our mental health system to reduce suicide rates (currently 55-60% of gun deaths)? Or mental health to address why some of your young men are becoming rampage killers or everyday street killers? Or how about illegal guns in illegal hands (85% of gun crimes according to CAGV)? But let's not continue to use warmed over ideas from the 1980s that have yet to prove effective anywhere they are used. Why would we as a state double down on ideas that Obama's own Justice Department have concluded are not very effective? http://wilton.patch.com/blog_posts/justice-department-says-assault-weapon-band-and-magazine-limits-wont-make-a-difference
Mike Atkins February 20, 2013 at 11:29 PM
though afraid to use your real name. sorry concerned parent and gun owner is an oximoron.
Mike Atkins February 20, 2013 at 11:40 PM
@Donald Borsch Jr. and the best way to cure lung canser is to smoke more cigarettes. Right?
Fred February 22, 2013 at 03:39 AM
@Mike Atkins why don't you use your real name, loser?
Mike Atkins February 22, 2013 at 10:13 AM
@Freddie, you're just too easy.
Donald Borsch Jr. February 28, 2013 at 04:30 AM
Mike Atkins, A good guy with a gun would have had the chance to kill Adam Lanza, thus stopping his cancer of murder. We all have seen what happens when there is no armed personnel on site.


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