Biden to hold ‘fireside hangout’ on gun violence

January 23, 2013

Vice President Biden will hold an online conversation on gun violence Thursday, the latest step by the White House to make its case on the issue directly to the public in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting.

The event – dubbed a “fireside hangout” in a nod to former president Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “fireside chats” – will be hosted by Google+ and will take place at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, according to a news release posted Wednesday on the Google blog.

“During his 30-minute hangout, Vice President Biden will discuss the White House policy recommendations on reducing gun violence with participants including Guy Kawasaki, Phil DeFranco and moderator Hari Sreenivasan from PBS NewsHour,” reads the message on the Google blog. “If you'd like to suggest a question, just follow the participants on Google+, and look for posts about tomorrow's Hangout. To view the broadcast live, just tune in to the White House's Google+ page or YouTube channel on Thursday afternoon.”

Biden – the administration’s point man on gun control – last week devoted the entirety of his remarks at the U.S. Conference of Mayors to the issue. At President Obama’s news conference last week announcing his broad gun-control agenda, the White House also notably invited onstage four young children who had written to the president and later released online videos of the quartet of kids reading their letters aloud.

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