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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.

Thomas Crafts February 19, 2013 at 01:41 PM
Not really.
Greg Burns February 20, 2013 at 03:56 PM
Donald, I am tiring. I will soon crawl into my country den and fade away. Myself and two brothers fought for this country in uniform. We risked our lives to live as free men. I am enraged about the violence I see in America. I am enraged you can not walk many of our streets safely after dark, or by day for that matter. I am enraged that most cities are war zones and unsafe. I am enraged we have allowed criminals to roam among us with guns. I am enraged about Newtown and the violence we see daily all over America. People have taken up arms across this nation because they see the same thing, because they know they are not safe. Many others deny that because violence has not touched them yet, or they think violence is confined to the cities, or many just ignore it. I have armed myself because I decided my family was not safe. I know the government can not protect us. I know there is no security most places we go to protect us from violence. I have chosen to protect ourselves because I would never forgive myself if something happend and I could not. I did fight for my country to have my freedom or my life taken from me by criminals. My governmet has not protected me nor you from violence and has not protected our children. We can no longer tollerate either, especially the children in schools. However, must not be deluded by sham laws to stop criminals. We must anticipate violence, secure against it and go after those who would do violence with utmost determination.
Greg Burns February 20, 2013 at 08:22 PM
Criminal Victimization, 2011 US Bureau of Justice Statistics Michael Planty, Ph.D., Jennifer L. Truman, Ph.D. October 17, 2012 NCJ 239437 Highlights Violent Crime 2011: The rate of violent victimization increased 17%, from 19.3 victimizations per 1,000 persons age 12 or older in 2010 to 22.5 in 2011 (2.25 violent crimes per 100 persons USA). Increases in the rates of violent victimizations for whites, Hispanics, younger persons, and males accounted for the majority of the increase in violent crime. The rate of property crime increased 11%, from 125.4 per 1,000 households in 2010 to 138.7 in 2011, (12.54 property crimes per 100 persons USA). Part of the Criminal Victimization Series. The bulletin includes estimates of domestic violence, intimate partner violence, and injury and use of weapons in violent victimization. It also describes the characteristics of victims. The National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) collects information on nonfatal crimes, reported and not reported to the police, against persons age 12 or older from a nationally representative sample of U.S. households. During 2011, about 79,800 households and 143,120 persons were interviewed for the NCVS. Press Release PDF (1.8M) ASCII file (46K) Comma-delimited format (CSV) (Zip format 38K) Help for using BJS products About the Source Data National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) To cite this product, use the following link: http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=4494
Greg Burns February 21, 2013 at 12:49 PM
Simple Simon Says: Biden says BUY A SHOTGUN! Not a bad idea! I do not know about having his wife shooting it off the back porch as a self defense strategy. She may find a 12 guage a challenge to handle. You may want to check with the police about that suggestion. Certainly take a class on how you use it - in self defense - Within The Law. But imbeded in that suggestion is the admission of the necessity for self defense, with a gun no less. At least for his wife. Though the secret service may be insulted by that. Biden thinks a shotgun is easier to handle than an AR-15. Of course, he knows nothing about guns either.
Greg Burns February 22, 2013 at 09:35 PM
Donald, I think there are a lot of people out there with a realistic perspective of what it takes to STOP the bad guys. I doubt I had to influence them. They know we must protect the kids with more than lip service or innefective new laws.

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