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January 14, 2013

Vice President Joe Biden Voices Interest in New Technology to Help with Gun Control

By Carlos Olivera, TMCnet Content Producer

Coming off of the heels of one of the worst mass shootings in history in Newtown, Connecticut, stronger gun control has been at the forefront of the news, and Vice President Joe Biden has recently got on the stronger gun control bandwagon, but instead of banning guns altogether, Biden believes stronger control may lie in the form of technology.

There is technology available out there that would stop a gun from firing unless the person shooting it is the one who originally purchased the weapon. It is a little bit expensive, but Biden believes this form of technology may have been able to stop the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting last month, and prevent shootings from happening in the future.

"Had the young man not had access to his mother's arsenal, he may or may not have been able to get a gun," said Biden, speaking of Adam Lanza.

To try and control gun violence, the plan from President Barack Obama was to ban the sale of assault weapons, limit the amount of high ammunition magazines that can be sold as well as stricter and universal background checks on all gun buyers. 

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It doesn’t appear like that solution will be likely as the National Rifle Association (NRA) may have a strong enough influence and support from Congress to keep that from happening. NRA president David Keene said, "I do not think that there's going to be a ban on so-called assault weapons passed by the Congress," when asked by NBC’s Today whether he felt his group had enough support to stop the ban.

Biden will not only recommend the new technology to president Obama this week, he will also recommend to address mental health issues and violence in movies, video games and on television, issues even guns-right groups and pro-gun lawmakers can agree on.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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