'Executive Orders' to Affect Gun Control
Vice President Biden was preparing to meet with the National Rifle Association Thursday, a day after claiming the White House could use "executive orders" to deal with gun control. The meeting is the latest in a string of sit-downs aimed at finding ways to curb gun violence, but could become heated in the wake of Wednesday's comments.
After meetings with gun-safety and victims groups Wednesday, the vice president said he is "determined" to take "urgent action" to address gun violence.
"This is not an exercise in photo opportunities or just getting to ask you all what your opinions are. We are vitally interested in what you have to say," Biden said.
The White House has sought to avoid prejudging what Biden's recommendations would be. But the vice president hinted Wednesday that executive action -- action by the president in which Congress would not have a say -- would indeed be involved.
"There are executive orders, executive action that can be taken," Biden said, adding "we haven't decided what that is yet."
He also said separate legislative action would be "required."
The vice president spoke out as he prepared to hear from the other side of the gun-control debate Thursday, when the nation's leading gun lobby will meet face to face with his task force in what could be a testy session. The National Rifle Association confirmed to Fox News that the group accepted an invitation to meet with the task force, which is running up against an end-of-the-month deadline to produce a set of proposals.
The administration says mental health and the entertainment industry will likely be examined as part of that process. Biden has also scheduled a meeting with representatives from the entertainment and video game industries. But much of the discussion, and proposals from Democratic members of Congress, continue to center around gun control. The meetings Wednesday with gun safety groups also focused on those kinds of proposals.
The NRA has been at the helm of fighting those proposals ever since the group broke its post-Connecticut silence and called for a national school security plan to install armed officers at every school in the country.
The White House and the NRA have found little common ground as the two groups craft separate responses to the tragedy...
It's unclear how the meeting Thursday will be structured. The NRA told Fox News that they are sending a representative to hear what the White House has to say...
Gun-advocacy groups including Arizona for Gun Safety, the Brady Campaign, the Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus and Mayors Against Illegal Guns attended the meeting with Biden Wednesday.
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Editor's Note: Why would the Obama Administration show deference to the Constitution and the established process of government now? They haven't for four years...
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