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Biden: Senate Gun Votes Are ‘The Beginning’ of Push to End Gun Violence

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Arlette Saenz
ABC News
March 28, 2013

Vice President Joe Biden told gun control supporters Wednesday that the upcoming votes on gun legislation in the Senate are only “the beginning” in the country’s push toward alleviating gun violence.

“That doesn’t mean this is the end of the process. This is the beginning of the process,” Biden said in a conference call hosted by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s group Mayors Against Illegal Guns. “The American people are way ahead of their political leaders, and we, the president and I, intend, and the mayors intend, to stay current with the American people.”

Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the Senate will consider a comprehensive gun package, including universal background checks, next month. The vice president voiced his belief that the country is “on the verge” of requiring universal background checks, a measure that has drawn opposition from Republicans and moderate Democrats.

“No one anticipated that there’d be a loophole big enough to drive a Mac truck through,” Biden said of the current background check system. “I think we’re on the verge of getting a serious, thorough universal background check system in place and it will, emphasize, it will save lives.”

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