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January 11, 2013

Biden to meet with video game makers/ groups decry police in schools

Vice President Joe Biden today will meet with representatives of the video game industry as part of the administration's effort to develop proposals to curb gun violence.

Biden will be joined by Attorney General Eric Holder and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at the meeting -- the last of several Biden has held this week with gun owners, victims of gun violence and sportsmens' organizations.

Biden is expected to deliver his recommendations to Obama by Tuesday and the effort is already attracting opposition: The NRA on Thursday decried the effort as an attempt to weaken the Second Amendment and a coalition of civil rights organizations said Friday they'd oppose spending money on efforts to put armed guards and police in schools.

"It's important to note that police in schools do not necessarily increase safety," said Advancement Project co-director Judith Browne Dianis, who said her group found that rather than tackling serious safety threats, "police in schools often respond to minor student misbehavior by handcuffing, arresting and criminalizing the young people they were intended to protect."

Dianis, who attended one of the meetings at the White House, said her group also opposes a plan suggested by Calif Sen. Barbara Boxer that would provide federal money for deploying National Guard troops to schools.

"More police are not the answer," she said. "We caution the administration and Sen. Boxer that we should not align ourselves with the ideas of the NRA."


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Haters will still murder, with or without guns, whether in schools, homes, churches or malls. Removing phobia and hatred from the sick mind is the task that must be done.

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