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.

Richard Frascone February 17, 2013 at 11:45 AM
This is gonna drive the conservatives nuts!!! The confusionist republican party is bleeding to death, and Biden stops by, to put some salt in the wound. What normal person would object to banning assult weapons? None, right? Does that mean that conservatives aren't normal? I'll let you be the judge.
Sandra February 17, 2013 at 04:58 PM
Biden will announce he will be running for President. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbok7_gZ4HA
law February 18, 2013 at 10:11 PM
Interesting it is not open to the public. Wonder why! Isn't he paid by the taxpayers, meeting in a state building, yet the public can not attend. I guess we will again get our information thru the filter of the newspapers, and radio.
JWolf February 19, 2013 at 01:00 PM
YAY....WALTER is coming to town...(please note the Jeff Dunham Referance). So say your stuff and get out Walter. The funy thing is he has admitted he carries a Baretta 9mm on him and that he would be damned if anyone was going to take it from him. Not suprizing tho about his hypocracy and that it was organized by Bumenidiot and party line Murphy. For the record I am not a Demorat or Republiscam...tho I do like Mayor Mark....I am a Libritarian. I think both parties stink and just say what you want to hear so they get elected. This is the same guy who at a black cacus yelled out "If you vote republican y'all gonna be back in chains"
Anita February 22, 2013 at 02:33 AM
This article says nothing of the sort. You seem to be here on your own little rant of hate. Shame on you.


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