Politico -- Vice President Joe Biden is planning a new gun control offensive – he just hasn’t told the president yet.
Biden told a group of law enforcement officials Thursday that he is planning even more travel, with trips around the country to stump for a renewed push on expanded background checks and gun-trafficking laws that failed to pass the Senate last month.
But Biden volunteered that he “hasn’t really discussed” his plans with Obama and plans to lead the gun control charge on his own, according to two law enforcement officials who attended the meeting. The 90-minute meeting in Biden’s office was an attempt to move forward after the failed effort on background checks.
Vice President Joe Biden is planning a new gun control offensive – one he told a group of law enforcement officials he hasn’t informed President Barack Obama about yet.
Biden will appear Friday night at a South Carolina Democratic dinner that’s his first stop in a key 2016 primary state. He told the law enforcement officials Thursday that he is planning even more travel, with trips around the country to stump for a renewed push on expanded background checks and gun-trafficking laws that failed to pass the Senate last month.
The vice president rattled off poll numbers for senators the White House and its gun control allies think they can win over, and said he’ll lead the effort to tweak legislation to give recalcitrant senators the cover to vote for expanded background checks.
But Biden volunteered that he “hasn’t really discussed” his plans with Obama and plans to lead the gun control charge, according to a person who attended the meeting. Another law enforcement official who was present confirmed this account.
“He was talking like he was going to be leading it,” a person who was at the meeting said. “He didn’t mention any other senators in terms of leading the charge.”[...]
The meeting in Biden’s ceremonial office followed a similar session last week for leading gun control groups. Like that meeting, Thursday’s gathering focused more on what will happen next than what mistakes led to the failure of the background checks bill offered by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.).
“His candid request was for us to tell him what can be done differently,” said Jon Adler, national president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association. “His sense was not to go back to the drawing board with the same thing that just lost.”
Adler added: “You bet on a horse and lose, you’re not going to bet on the same exact horse in the same race.”
People who attended the meeting also said Biden agreed with a characterization that the White House and gun control allies failed to properly educate the public about what was in the Manchin-Toomey bill.
Blog author's comments - Biden hasn't discussed this with Obama? I don't believe it. Perhaps Biden is taking the lead on this "new gun control offensive" because if it is defeated the second time Obama doesn't want to appear be near it. Obama would much rather the voters see Biden fail instead of himself.
Biden hasn't listened to the American people and also the Democrat Senators who are up for reelection in 2014. I'm sure he sees a win on gun control as possible help for him to win the nomination for president in 2016 but I don't think that will happen.
The Obama plan was for the gun control bills to pass in the Senate and fail in the house so the Democrats could blame the Republicans prior to the 2014 elections. This is the reason they may want to give the gun control bills another try.