Vice President Joe Biden will meet Monday with members of the U.S. House of Representatives as he prepares proposals on how to curb gun violence in the United States. Biden met last week with representatives of gun safety and sportsmen groups, the National Rifle Association and the video game industry.
Biden plans to send President Barack Obama gun violence proposals later this week, possibly as soon as Tuesday. His Monday meeting might provide some indication of what will be included.
Gun rights groups and some members of Congress signaled on Sunday talk shows that passing a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines would be difficult, if not impossible.
Meanwhile, a two-day event titled “Summit on Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis” opens Monday at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who co-chairs Mayors Against Illegal Guns, will speak.
“No Labels,” an organization formed in 2010 to encourage problem solving over ideological gridlock, convenes a conference Monday in New York under new leadership and a new focus that accepts the partisanship that has gripped Washington in the past few years. West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin and former Republican Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman are the group’s new co-chairs.
The title of the conference is “A Meeting to Make America Work!” The meeting and the No Labels’ mission is “not about centrism, it’s about a new attitude toward the realities we face. It’s about finding Democrats and Republicans who will check their egos at the door,” Huntsman said.
Also worth noting on Monday: The House of Representatives returns from recess; Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta heads out on a weeklong trip to Europe; “The Last Stand,” Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first lead role since serving as governor of California, premieres; and President Obama, in a traditional ceremony, receives credentials from new foreign ambassadors.
And then there is this: President Obama will be sworn in for a second term one week from today.