Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Philadelphia Monday as the White House continues to try to sell America on a contentious gun control proposal.
Biden, President Obama's point person on the issue, will meet with law enforcement officials. Sen. Bob Casey, Reps. Bob Brady, Chaka Fattah and Allyson Schwartz and Deputy Attorney General James Cole will also attend.
Biden was in Richmond, Va. last month to speak to Virginia leaders who responded to the worst school shooting in the nation’s history at Virginia Tech. Obama flew to Minneapolis this week to campaign on the issue as well.
The White House is returning to a familiar tactic – pressuring Congress through a public relations campaign – as it tries to implement the nation’s most aggressive gun control plan in generations in the wake of a slaughter in Newtown, Conn., that claimed the lives of 26 victims, including 20 elementary school children.
The president’s package includes proposals for banning assault weapons, limiting the capacity of ammunition magazines, requiring background checks on all gun purchases and spending millions more dollars on training and research and counseling.