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

Filed under: Guns • Joe Biden • Politics

soundoff (447 Responses)
  1. ..

    Bunch of muslim atheist, ignorant self centered. licking each others hind like a dog, secular by nature. Ignorant, islam, sucular, lick own balls, yum.

    May 7, 2013 at 9:53 pm |
  2. Dyslexic doG

    Dear Mr. EBIT (Energizer Bunny Islamic Troll). I applaud your stamina. You've been posting this same nonsensical rubbish all day. You just keep going and going!

    May 7, 2013 at 9:45 pm |
  3. Bertie

    LOL @Islamabot

    May 7, 2013 at 9:16 pm |

    Bunch of hindu atheist, ignorant self centered. licking each others hind like a dog, secular by nature.

    May 7, 2013 at 9:13 pm |
  5. Archibald Smythe-Pennington, III


    May 7, 2013 at 7:36 pm |
  6. Akira

    Sequestor Grundelplith: I will have to decline your gracious suggestion.

    May 7, 2013 at 7:29 pm |
  7. Pole dancing for Jesus

    Just shows how strong the believers case is when they can't discuss the issues and only display their inferiority complex

    May 7, 2013 at 6:43 pm |
  8. Elvira

    Someone is just upset that their idols, the Castro brothers, have been arrested – part of the "socie" agenda of law enforcement.

    May 7, 2013 at 6:39 pm |
  9. sam

    @Akira – yeah, my turn to babysit a troll. I almost kept it busy enough to allow a little conversation among others.

    May 7, 2013 at 6:38 pm |
  10. Akira

    Dayum, sam, you touched a nerve with someone. Good job.

    May 7, 2013 at 6:32 pm |
  11. Elvira

    Fake Bill D "not to mention the all the gay socialists."

    Let's see – who in the world would be talking about "socie's"? Who could it possibly be? Hmmm – I swear, I just have no idea....

    May 7, 2013 at 6:26 pm |
    • Dippy

      It's bitch and tits.

      May 7, 2013 at 6:37 pm |
  12. Akira

    It would help if you knew who you were trying to troll. Sam isn't who you seem to think sam is.

    May 7, 2013 at 6:08 pm |
  13. sam

    Yes, keep throwing your adorable tantrum, get it all out of your system. Thank you for having such a hard on for me that you just can't restrain yourself.

    This is at least more interesting than you were last week, faith/biggles/marine1. It isn't making the work day go by any faster, but it's amusing all the same.

    May 7, 2013 at 6:08 pm |

  14. One of these days one of the many failures of Congress will make our weapons necessary. There is irony in the failure of Congress to restrict our access to them.

    May 7, 2013 at 5:38 pm |
    • Ken

      That would be the failing Republican-majority Congress, correct?

      May 8, 2013 at 10:12 am |
  15. lionlylamb

    Is the USA truly a governing body of the people, by the people and for the people? Sadly, it's not 🙁

    May 7, 2013 at 5:06 pm |

      Tell us all about your brother. And your childhood with him.

      May 7, 2013 at 5:24 pm |
  16. CommonSensed

    "Shall not be infringed" already has been. Get over yourselves. Background checks won't solve it all, but will close some loopholes.

    And yes, the current laws need an enema, but we can't just throw up our hands and walk away. Nor can we keep saying, cold dead hands, because there have been far too many of those of late.

    If you're worried about krystalnacht then better get yourself an FFA license (more infringement!) and some RPGs, because your AR-15 won't hold a candle to a mk19 grenade launcher and M1 Abrams.

    Last – and this is the new arguement – if you keep touting mental health then do you really want there to be mandatory mental health checks? Far more invasive than a background check and I'm guessing more of you won't pass a mental health test that would pass a background check so maybe you should stick with the lesser of two "evils".

    May 7, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      God does not need mankind to reason out Creation nor any of Creation's evolved manifestations.

      May 7, 2013 at 4:44 pm |
    • Akira

      What does that have to do with gun control issues, lionlylamb?

      May 7, 2013 at 5:04 pm |
    • sam

      I see our troll is still at hand. Let it all out, little troll; maybe you'll feel better.

      May 7, 2013 at 5:19 pm |
    • lionlylamb


      Should my pondering be rent to gun laws? If you say so,,, okay?

      May 7, 2013 at 5:19 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      yeah, he's worse than the idiot that used to post 6's on page after page.

      May 7, 2013 at 5:25 pm |
    • sam

      The Nonstop Sixer was pretty bad, but thankfully less persistent.

      May 7, 2013 at 5:50 pm |
    • Akira

      Well, lionlylamb, as the OP was talking about gun control issues, replying to said post implies that yeah, your pondering should rent to that topic.

      Do you have a problem passing a mental health background check, should it be made into a law in the future?

      May 7, 2013 at 6:06 pm |
    • lionlylamb


      Last time I had a weapon in my hands was in 1976, Haven't had the need nor any urges to want one. Don't really care much for any weapons being in the hands of anyone outside of the military.

      May 7, 2013 at 6:26 pm |
    • Akira

      Thanks for a straight-up answer, ll.

      May 7, 2013 at 6:43 pm |
  17. .

    thanks for proving my point

    May 7, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
  18. .

    hilarious watching 'troll,' 'sounds of science' and 'danielle' pretend they're not all the same poster. Why can't we get better, smarter trolls for once instead of brats?

    May 7, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
  19. Reality

    Yes for more background checks to include background checks on the religions these faith leaders represent. One result would be the following:

    (Only for the newbies)


    Joe Smith had his Moroni. (As does M. Romney)

    "Latter-day Saints like M. Romney also believe that Michael the Archangel was Adam (the first man) when he was mortal, and Gabriel lived on the earth as Noah."

    Jehovah Witnesses have their Jesus /Michael the archangel, the first angelic being created by God;

    Mohammed had his Gabriel (this "tin-kerbell" got around).

    Jesus and his family had/has Michael, Gabriel, and Satan, the latter being a modern day demon of the demented. (As does BO and his family)(As do Biden and Ryan)

    The Abraham-Moses myths had their Angel of Death and other "no-namers" to do their dirty work or other assorted duties.

    Contemporary biblical and religious scholars have relegated these "pretty wingie/horn-blowing thingies" to the myth pile. We should do the same to include deleting all references to them in our religious operating manuals. Doing this will eliminate the prophet/profit/prophecy status of these founders and put them where they belong as simple humans just like the rest of us.

    May 7, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
    • lionlylamb


      Point and counterpoints are the midrange settings for many of today's forsaken w h o r e d o m s cultures of socially allotted liberal mindedness.

      May 7, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
  20. sam

    It's so nice of you to care. In fact, I seem to have your full attention. Are you so sad and lonely that you need to spend all kinds of time and energy on it? It's pretty funny that you can't seem to help yourself. You're beginning to sound a little desperate, too, kind of shrill.

    Poor kid. Nothing better to do than run around trying to push the buttons of folks who will only shake their heads at you and smile.

    May 7, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
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