Vice President Joe Biden urges action on gun control

DANBURY, Conn. (WTNH) -- Vice President Joe Biden was in Connecticut on Thursday urging action on gun control. He's trying to rally support for President Obama's proposals to bring down gun violence.

"There's a moral price to be paid for inaction," said Biden.

For all the politics of this 5 hour forum on gun violence, it really came down to this.

"We ask that our represenatatives look into their hearts and remember the 26 beautiful lives that we lost," said Lynn McDonnell.

Lynn and Chris McDonnell lost their daughter Grace in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. All these speeches and two panel discussions went on at Western Connecticut State University because it is just a few miles from Newtown and some speakers say Newtown changed the gun debate.

"The overwhelming majority of American families want their children to be safe," said Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra.

But gun rights advocates say new or old laws would not have stopped the Newtown shooter.

"Everything that he did is already covered by an existing law. That's my statement and it's a factual statement," said Dom Basile a sportsman.

He was part of the first panel discussion on gun violence. The second panel was about improving mental health and school security. That was less controversial. Everyone's for that, it's just a question of paying for it. One panelist made a good point, when schools cut budget often they eliminate psychologists and social workers, the very people who could best prevent school violence.

"There's going to be a lot of voices in this debate, but I am absolutely determined, the President is absolutely determined that the loudest voices will be for the voice of the people who lost their voice," said Biden.

The Vice President, the Governor, Senators, Congress members, they all promised action on behalf of all those children like Grace.

"After that day, I made a promise to her that I would be her voice," said McDonnell.

"Now is the time," said Biden.

And all those politicians say it's now up to which voices Congress will hear.

To watch the entire conference, watch the video above.

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"The overwhelming majority of American families want their children to be safe," said Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra." OF COURSE WE DO MAYOR PEDRO, THAT IS WHY WE DON'T WANT THESE PEOPLE MESSING WITH OUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS AND OUR GUNS... YOU AND YOUR POLICE FORCE CANNOT PROTECT US, YOU KNOW IT, WE KNOW IT, YOUR POLICE OFFICERS KNOW IT... HECK, THEY HAVE A HARD ENOUGH TIME IN HARTFORD WITH ITS OUTREAGEOUSLY HIGH CRIMERATE, HOW DO WE THINK THEY WILL BE THERE FOR US WHEN SOMETHING GOES DOWN? WHY DOESN'T ANYONE GET THAT? YOUR ALL JUST SO HOT TO FEEL IMPORTANT, REMEMBER COME ELECTION TIME, MOST OF THE FOLKS WHO ARE FOR TIGHTER GUN LAWS WILL HAVE MOVED ON BUT WE THE PEOPLE, THE PEOPLE YOU ARE MAKING YOUR SCAPEGOATS, WE WONT FORGET, THIS WHOLE THING WILL FESTER AND BURN IN OUR MINDS AND COME ELECTION DAY, A WHOLE BUNCH OF POLITICIANS ARE GONNA BE OUT OF WORK! WE WONT FORGET.. NO HOW, NO WAY! But gun rights advocates say new or old laws would not have stopped the Newtown shooter. "Everything that he did is already covered by an existing law. That's my statement and it's a factual statement," said Dom Basile a sportsman." AND THIS IS TOTALLY TRUE. LET ME ASK, WHERE WERE THE COPS THAT MORNING? WHERE WERE THE US ARMY? WHERE WERE THE FBI, CIA, BATF? WHO OR WHAT COULD HAVE SAVED THOSE CHILDREN THAT DAY? NO ONE THATS WHO. GUN OR NO GUN, LANZA HAD A JOB TO DO AND NOTHING WAS GONNA STOP HIM! STOP TRYING TO PUT THIS ON THE LEGAL, RESPONSIBLE GUN OWNERS. I DONT KNOW WHOS TO BLAME BUT ME AND MY GUNS WERE AT HOME AS WERE MILLIONS OF OTHERS, MAYBE WE GET BLAMED CAUSE MALLOY IS TRYING TO THROW THE PUBLIC OFF HIS SCENT? FOR IT WAS HE WHO JUST RECENTLY CLOSED DOWN A BUNCH OF STATE RUN MENTAL HEALTH FACILITIES AND OH, DIDNT HE LAY OFF A BUNCH OF POLICE? NOW WHOS GONNA PROTECT US?
 

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