White House will not rest on gun laws: Biden
NEW YORK (AFP) - The White House will keep pushing for tough gun ownership laws despite little support in Congress, Vice-President Joe Biden said on Thursday, as fellow Democrats vowed to introduce a bill to halt violence.
"I'm not going to rest and nor is the president until we do all of these things," Mr Biden told a press conference in New York with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and bereaved parents from Newtown, where 20 elementary school children were shot dead in December.
"For all those who say we couldn't or shouldn't ban high-capacity magazines, I ask them just one question: think about Newtown," Mr Biden said in a brief but emotional speech in which he referred to the "beautiful little babies" killed at Sandy Hook Elementary.
Turning to face the parents of the school teacher who was killed when she tried to confront the Newtown shooter, Mr Biden said: "It's time for the political establishment to show the courage your daughter showed."