Inside Biden’s transformation on how to tackle gun violence

Inside Biden’s transformation on how to tackle gun violence

In this March 24, 2018, photo, Isabel White of Parkland, Fla., holds a sign that reads “Americans for Gun Safety Now!” during the “March for Our Lives” rally in Washington. | Andrew Harnik, File/AP Photo By MYAH WARD 11/05/2021 10:51 AM EDT When Pastor Michael McBride visited the White House in January 2013 for one of Vice President Joe Biden’s gun violence task force meetings, he said he was one of just two Black people in the room. McBride, the national director of Faith in Action’s LIVE FREE gun violence prevention campaign, recalls the heavy anguish that day as faith leaders proposed ideas for preventing yet another mass shooting in America after the Sandy Hook massacre left 20 children and six adults dead the month prior. When it was McBride’s turn to have the floor, he spoke about the gun deaths of Black and brown Americans — killings largely ignored in the national conversation about gun violence. McBride called on Biden to unite the country around the “shared pain of gun violence.” He told the vice president he had the opportunity to create a winning political coalition by addressing gun violence in urban communities across the country. But Biden’s response was one McBride had heard many times before — one he calls deeply painful. “While there was a compassionate acknowledgment of the issue, there was not the political will to place this work front and center in the gun violence conversation. And I think that too often … there […]

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