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Biden: ‘We know that there is no silver bullet’ on gun violence

US Vice President Joe Biden looks at a document on January 11, 2013 during a meeting with video game industry executives, in Washington, DC. Biden heads a panel that will make recommendations to US President Barack Obama on gun control and violence, in the aftermath fo the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting that left 26 students and teachers dead. AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMMNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images Vice President Biden during a meeting with video game industry executives Friday on gun violence in Washington, D.C. (Nicholas  Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

"We know that there is no silver bullet" to deal with gun violence, Vice President Biden told reporters — using a somewhat unfortunate cliche — before a meeting with executives from the video game industry.

The meeting is one in a series of summits being held this week by Biden's task force on how to address gun violence in the wake of Newton, Conn., school massacre. 

"I come to this meeting with no judgement," Biden said. "You all know the judgement other people have made." He declined to elaborate on what that judgment was. 

Asked whether the culture had been coarsened by violent video games, Biden responded, "I do not know the answer to that question."

He said Thursday's meeting with the National Rifle Association and other gun rights groups was "very straightforward, productive," and did not respond to the NRA's complaints about the tenor of the discussion. 

After that meeting, Biden said there was an emerging consensus around “universal background checks” for all gun buyers and a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.



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