Biden urges faith leaders to pressure lawmakers on background checks
May 7th, 2013
08:27 AM ET

Biden urges faith leaders to pressure lawmakers on background checks

By Adam Aigner-Treworgy, CNN
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(CNN) – During a more than two-hour meeting at the White House on Monday, Vice President Joe Biden asked leaders from across the faith community to keep up pressure on lawmakers to support compromise background check legislation even as Congress begins to shift its focus to immigration reform, according to several attendees who spoke to CNN.

Biden urged the roughly 20 faith leaders in attendance not to be discouraged by recent legislative failures, and instead assured them that the White House had not given up.

"Even though he suffered a defeat, he didn't sound defeated," said pastor Michael McBride of the PICO National Network. "And we need that kind of hope from the bully pulpit of the White House."

In the run-up to last month's Senate vote, religious organizations from across the denominational spectrum pressured members of Congress to vote for background check legislation.

Without mentioning the names of any lawmakers, Biden acknowledged the effectiveness of such lobbying efforts and asked those in attendance to continue to target those whose opinions can be swayed.

- Dan Merica

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soundoff (447 Responses)
  1. Bill Deacon

    Not me sam. there are times I wish you were less profane but I'm always open to civil discourse. Especially about music.

    May 7, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
  2. Doc Vestibule

    The greatest, most practical guitar lesson I've even seen is "How to Rock – Lesson 1"

    May 7, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
  3. sam

    @Bill – makes sense. Everyone sounds more like everyone else all the time!

    May 7, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
  4. sam

    ...says the troll who's been hitting every article it can find. Yawn. Get a hobby, you silly little bastard.

    May 7, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
  5. Bill Deacon

    Since there are only eight notes in a scale doesn't it make sense that only some percentage of them would be used in composition?

    I remember reading a story about a well regarded bassists from the sixties (name escapes me). He and his buddies, all studio cats were virtually unknown but provided all the instrumentation for a slew of 60's hit makers. It's an industry.

    May 7, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
  6. Doc Vestibule

    Yep – G, F, C and A – though perhaps not in that order.

    May 7, 2013 at 3:03 pm |

    Illegality of a hindu, troll, hindu ID thief, inhuman based on hindu atheism, criminal self center ism, in denial of truth absolute in human life.

    May 7, 2013 at 3:01 pm |
  8. lionlylamb

    God is as God always was and will forever be but God, the founding Father of all Creationism. From the most 'finite' chasms of atomic cosmologies up to the very vastness of the celestial cosmology, God watches and waits and sees within all chasms from the very finite to the very infinite. All of celestial Life formations were first born within the confines of the atomically conducive.

    Under God's advisement were all celestial Life forms and living formations made into being manifestations onto the celestial chasms wherever is found reason for celestial mobile growths to so be formed. Built from the inside outwardly are all celestial formations of mobile properties ever to be forged from and by those who inhabit all the inner realms of atomized chasms of inter-cosmologic diversities.

    May 7, 2013 at 3:00 pm |
    • sam

      But it's all just prepatriarchialist desublimation, isn't it?

      May 7, 2013 at 3:12 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Even with sensory outputs reaching a zenith it deals with sensational inputs to curtail and still prevail. Feeding the sheep has always been my forte. Some eat it and some just cannot get it passed their nostrils.

      May 7, 2013 at 3:25 pm |
    • CommonSensed

      Which god? So many to choose from.

      May 7, 2013 at 4:33 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      It's obvious:

      Monotheists hold that there is only one god, and may claim that the one true god is worshiped in different religions under different names. The view that all theists actually worship the same god, whether they know it or not, is especially emphasized in Hinduism and Sikhism.

      Islam's most fundamental concept is tawhīd (meaning "oneness" or "uniqueness"). Muslims repudiate the Christian doctrine of the Trinity and divinity of Jesus, comparing it to polytheism. In Islam, God is beyond all comprehension or equal and does not resemble any of his creations in any way. Thus, Muslims are not iconodules, and are not expected to visualize God

      Since you can't reconcile that God may have many names, you are obviously not a Sikh or Hindi and since you can't recognize God is Jesus Christ you aren't a Christian, that's obvious.

      Since you wouldn't know God if you saw Him, you must be a Muslim.

      It's obvious.

      May 7, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
  9. sam

    Seriously, troll. Anything in your bag of tricks that would not come straight from the average middle schooler? Anything?

    May 7, 2013 at 2:58 pm |
  10. sam

    @Doc – someone did an analysis on what most top chart hits have in common, and mostly it's a whopping 4 chords.

    (The above idiot was not me, btw)

    May 7, 2013 at 2:57 pm |
  11. Cpt. Obvious

    who cares? knock yourself out.

    May 7, 2013 at 2:52 pm |
  12. Doc Vestibule

    I have long been interested in what scientists refer to as "The Puddle of Deadman Nickel Creed Theory" which postulates that many modern FM Radio rock bands are actually one and the same.

    May 7, 2013 at 2:48 pm |
  13. sam

    @Sara – it's a troll that's been rampaging around in here using the screen names of regulars. Just ignore.

    May 7, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
  14. sam

    Yeah...again, the stuff you're coming up with says a lot more about you than you may want to keep admitting to, little troll.

    I thought spring break was over. I guess your school is on a late schedule.

    May 7, 2013 at 2:36 pm |

    Illegality of a hindu, troll, hindu ID thief, inhuman based on hindu atheism, criminal self center ism, in denial of truth absolute in human life.

    May 7, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
  16. Richard Cranium

    That depends midwest...who is Randy?

    May 7, 2013 at 2:31 pm |
  17. HotAirAce

    You know your cause is fucked when you have to appeal to shamans, charlatans, delusionals and liars to apply pressure to politicians to get them to do what 90% of the populations thinks is a good thing.

    May 7, 2013 at 2:31 pm |
    • sam

      True. Kind of funny that they're trying to use the right's own weapon against them, though.

      May 7, 2013 at 2:34 pm |
    • sam

      C'mon, troll, at least learn to get around the fucking word filter. So far you're just embarassing yourself.

      May 7, 2013 at 2:38 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Yes, maybe ol' Biden is not so dumb – nothing like a bit of "divide and conquer" to confuse the NRA and their gun nut supporters. Will be interesting to see if the NRA attempts to spank any religious leader if they do step out of line.

      May 7, 2013 at 2:41 pm |
    • CommonSensed

      Polls show support from 9 out of 10 Americans and yet it fails to pass. Gotta love the power of a few whiny voices with tons of cash.

      May 7, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
  18. Topher

    Been watching "The Last Boyscout"?

    May 7, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
  19. sam

    Shhhh, little troll. There there. We don't need to know all of your kinky fantasies. Save the rest for your diary.

    May 7, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
  20. midwest rail

    See previous reply. Next.

    May 7, 2013 at 2:24 pm |
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