After the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy, President Obama vowed to use “whatever power this office holds” to safeguard the nation’s children. Any fear I had that this would be empty rhetoric dissolved after he appointed Joe Biden to lead a task force to come up with concrete proposals to address gun violence no later than January.
Biden is the ideal choice to head up the task force. He was one of the original authors of the 1994 legislation that banned the sale of assault weapons (for a detailed account of Biden’s role in fighting for gun control legislation read here).
Rachel Maddow played a clip from a 2007 Democratic presidential candidate debate that showed Biden at his best. Biden and Bill Richardson respond to a question on gun control from an NRA member who fondly strokes his assault weapon, referring to it as his “baby” and asking how the candidates will help him protect his “baby. Richardson gives a safe, politically correct response while Biden says, “If that’s his baby, he needs help,” Biden tells moderator Anderson Cooper, to mixed laughs and snickers. “I think he just made an admission against self-interest, I don’t think he’s qualified to own that gun.” Watch below-