With President Barack Obama away in Europe, Biden held a White House event to announce progress on executive orders to reduce gun violence while stressing the need for congressional action that has eluded them.
"This fight isn't over, far from it," Biden said.
The Democratic-controlled Senate voted against legislation in April that would have expanded background checks for firearm purchases to gun shows and online sales, and so far no lawmaker who voted against it has announced a change of their vote. But Biden said he's gotten calls from senators who voted no to ask, "Can you find a way for us to revisit this?" He did not identify any of the callers.
"I know for a fact some of them now wonder whether that was a prudent vote," Biden said. He said lawmakers who do not support improved gun safety will "pay a political price" because voters want change after December's shooting at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School killed 20 first graders and six staff.
"We have yet to succeed in the House and Senate, but we will," Biden predicted.
"Undoubtedly a lot of pressure is being placed on them, but the one thing they have right now is support from voters in their state. And that's the most important thing to have," Arulanandam said in response to Biden.
Biden was introduced by Stephen Barton, a victim of last year's movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., who now is working to push for stronger laws with Bloomberg's group. The vice president opened his remarks by saying he wished they were gathered there to celebrate a legislative victory.
But instead he announced that the administration has completed or significantly advanced 21 of the 23 executive actions that Obama ordered in January in response to Sandy Hook. As an example, Biden held up newly completed federal emergency response planning guides for schools and houses of worship to prepare for a shooting, tornado or other disasters.
The two executive orders with the most remaining work are finalizing regulations to require insurers to cover mental health at parity with medical benefits, expected later this year, and putting a confirmed director at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Obama's nominee to head the ATF, B. Todd Jones, had a Senate hearing last week but has little chance of advancing amid political wrangling.
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Colo. lawmaker who pushed for gun control may lose job
(CBS News) DENVER -- After the massacre last summer in a Colorado movie theater, the leader of the state Senate pushed through a gun-control bill. Among other things, it outlawed the 100-round ammunition magazines used in the murder of 12 people and the wounding of 58.
But Senate President John Morse has been in the sights of gun rights advocates. On Tuesday, Colorado certified there are enough signatures on a petition to force a recall election.
The gun control laws passed in March limited magazines to 15 rounds and mandated background checks, even for private and online gun sales.
Morse, a Democrat gun-control advocate, is a former police chief.
"I've watched people die, and I've helped people not die," Morse says of gun violence he's witnessed.
Conservative activist Laura Carno is leading the recall. The former banker, who bought her first gun 25 years ago, made a TV ad in which she declares, "Don't you dare tell me how best to defend myself."
"My message is that I am pro-choice on self defense," Carno says.
Asked why residents are upset by gun laws, Carno replies, "Colorado is sort of a Wild West state, and we're accustomed to taking care of ourselves. To say, 'We will decide for you how you should best defend yourself,' people don't take kindly to that."
"Don't stop, no matter what, because you're right and the other people are wrong, and we've got to get this done," Morse says.
Even if it costs him a political career.
"It's costing me nothing -- nothing -- compared to what these families are paying," he says. "Stand up and do something. Stand up and make sure this never happens to another family."
Carno says she's prepared to fire Morse.
"You need to listen to me, because you work for me," she explains. "I got you hired and I can fire you."