The White House on Tuesday came through on its plan to gather state and local officials from across the country to develop strategies to tackle gun violence. Not surprisingly, “commonsense” and not “Constitutional” was the word of the day.

The 50-State Gun Violence Prevention Convening included mayors, attorneys general, and governors, including Connecticut’s Dan Malloy, who called shooting deaths in the United States an “absolute crisis.”

Malloy, who in 2013 revealed his own five-point gun control plan which included a ban on any gun capable of firing more than 10 bullets without reloading, had been in talks to lure an AR-15 manufacturer to the state before the Sandy Hook massacre caused him to withdraw the offer suddenly.

The gathering was hosted by White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett and capped by an address by Vice President Joe Biden, who has confounded gun safety groups (including the NRA) by suggesting more than once that Americans buy shotguns and fire them into the dark to frighten intruders.

Biden, Jarrett, and Malloy were all featured at the event in lieu of gun control success stories like Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is planning his own slate of events for the city’s #PutTheGunsDown initiative.

Also on the agenda was a push for the development of smart gun technologies. Sure, smart gun vendors were nowhere to be found at the NRA’s recent convention, but Biden insists that the “overwhelming majority” of Americans fully support smart guns, even if they have no idea whatsoever what the actual technology entails.

Cool story, bro. We’d really, really like to see a list of these gun store owners who have approached the vice president about being pressured by the NRA not to stock smart guns.

As mentioned above, attorneys general were among those in attendance, and a group of 12 emerged with a demand for Congress.

Yes, that’s a call to involve the CDC, currently under pressure to slow the spread of the Zika virus, in studying gun violence.


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