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Gun control measures to include ban on assault weapons: Joe Biden

Wednesday, 16 January 2013 - 2:14pm IST | Place: Washington | Agency: PTI
Ahead of US President Barack Obama's proposed announcement on gun control measures, Vice President Joe Biden has said that the steps would include universal background check and a ban on assault weapons.

Ahead of US President Barack Obama's proposed announcement on gun control measures, Vice President Joe Biden has said that the steps would include universal background check and a ban on assault weapons.

These details were provided by Biden when he invited a group of 12 diverse leaders from various religions including Sikh and Hindus, said Rajwant Singh, Chairman of the Sikh Council on Religion and Education.

During the meeting, Biden shared some thoughts on the White House's proposal to curb gun violence, which includes universal background checks and bans on assault weapons with a possible ammunition component.

Biden also expressed the need for faith leaders to appeal to all Americans to eventually pass legislation that will meet that goal.

"We are looking forward to working with Vice President Biden, the Obama administration and Congress to find the comprehensive solution that makes our society more secure where we can raise our children free from any fear of violence," Singh said in a statement yesterday.

"Given that a lot of the gun violence is concentrated in urban and poor neighborhoods, it is the responsibility for any comprehensive approach to recognize that and to pay attention to that," said San Francisco based Rev Michael McBride, the head of PICO National Network’s Lifelines to Healing Campaign — an effort to reduce inner-city gun violence.

Leaders of the Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh and Hindu religions, as well as Evangelical and Pentecostal Christian communities, were represented in the meeting which was chaired by Joshua DuBois, head of the White House faith based Initiative.

Among other topics raised by the faith leaders were: protection of religious buildings and religious intolerance.

"In the first week of February, Sikhs will be marking the six month anniversary of the shooting at the Sikh Gurdwara in Wisconsin with a major initiative to speak against the promotion and perpetuation of indiscriminate violence in the popular culture. We will offer prayers not only for the victims of Sikh community but for all the victims of this senseless shootings," Dr Singh said in the meeting.

He suggested to Biden that the nation should have a major educational initiative to teach kids against indiscriminate violence and there needs to be major push at the state and the federal level.

In addition, the ex-servicemen ought to be given mental health counseling so they do not become target of recruitment by the violent groups.

Singh also suggested that Obama should call religious leaders from across the nation to join him in this critical issue to raise nation’s consciousness.




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