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The Vice President takes his push for tougher gun control laws on the road, as a prominent Democratic Senator vows to propose a new assault weapons ban. Vice President Joe Biden continues his push for tighter gun restrictions following the massacre in Newtown. Today it's a roundtable discussion in Richmond, Virginia with gun safety experts called in after the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings. Thursday it was n online discussion. Biden says the Administration supports the 2nd Amendment, but believes tighter gun laws are needed to protect Americans.
"I'm much less concerned, quite frankly, with what you'd call an 'assault weapon than I am with magazines, and the number of rounds that can be held in a magazine," says Biden.
Thursday, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) unveiled a beefed up assault weapons ban proposal to outlaw the manufacture and sale of 157 types of semi automatic weapons and magazines containing over 10 rounds. The National Rifle Association responded, saying lawmakers should focus on prosecuting criminals and fixing a broken mental health system, a message echoed by other gun rights advocates who believe bans just don't work.
"Connecticut had an even stricter semi auto ban and that didn't stop Adam Lanza from killing his victims, his mother and stealing the firearms," says Gun Owners of America's Erich Pratt.
The White House has acknowledged it won't be easy to pass these gun control proposals and says the President will travel around the country to rally support outside the Beltway.
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Faith leaders asked to help members get legal help
June 19, 2013 15:44 GMT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A group in Tennessee is using faith leaders to connect people in need of legal help with attorneys willing to provide free services.
The faith-based initiative of Tennessee's Access to Justice Commission aims to reach people at a place they already go for help: their churches, mosques and synagogues. Faith leaders then put needy members in touch with participating attorneys.
The Legal Services Corp. estimates that fewer than one in ?ve low-income people in the U.S. get the legal assistance they need.
Various programs exist to bridge this gap, but experts say there's nothing quite like the Tennessee initiative. In part, that's because it recognizes that many people who could use an attorney's help won't seek legal aid because they don't see their problem as a legal one.
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