Ahead of a Senate hearing on gun control today, Vice President Joe Biden met with retired military officials to thrash out a strategy to win over public approval for the implementation of strict anti-gun measures.
Retired general Stephen Xenakis told The Hill that he suggested to Biden that members of the military could help the White House move forward with its gun control agenda.
“The vice president understands that when it comes to communicating with credibility on guns, the two groups with the most credibility are law enforcement and military officials,” he said. “We have experience with both having weapons and using them responsibly, so we can get that message out.”
Xenakis said that military officials would be on hand to pitch gun control talking points to the public.
“He has a plan and he’s working with leaders in Congress to get it done.” Xenakis said of the Vice President.
Xenakis also appeared in a new “Demand a Plan” gun control advocating commercial this week, featuring several other retired army generals, put out by the Mayors Against Illegal Guns group, fronted by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Anti-second amendment lawmakers are scheduled to make their arguments in today’s hearing before the Senate Judiciary Hearing. The Washington Times reports that those testifying will include, U.S. Attorney for Colorado John Walsh, Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn, and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.
Meanwhile, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has once again vowed to push for strict gun control until it “gets done”.
Arguing that a total ban on semi-automatic rifles is entirely constitutional, Feinstein referred to “assault weapons” as “personal pleasures” during an MSNBC appearance.
“We will make the case that these weapons do not belong on the streets of our cities,” Feinstein said. “I recognize it’s an uphill battle. But I also know that these events are going to continue and America has to step up. The mothers, the women, the men of America have to make a decision as to whether their personal pleasure is more important than the general welfare.”
“Grievance killers look for these weapons. These weapons are easy to obtain. There are no background checks. You can buy them out of a back of a car, at a gun show. America’s laws are virtually nonexistent and, therefore, I think this is a good bill,” she said.
“I intend to fight. I did it once before. If it doesn’t get done right now, be assured I will continue to press the case.”