Vice President Joseph Biden is holding a series of meetings this week as he formulates a policy response to the Newtown, Conn., tragedy, and on the agenda are separate meetings with representatives from the entertainment and videogame industries on Thursday and Friday.
The White House has not yet released a list of participants, but the meeting is part of President Obama’s pledge that the study of gun violence also will include a study of the culture.
On Wednesday, Biden will meet with victim’s groups and gun safety organizations. On Thursday, he also will hold meetings with advocates for sportsmen and women and gun ownership groups. Cabinet officials also will hold meetings. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will meet with mental health and disability advocates, and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will meet with mental health and disability advocates.
After the meetings this week, Biden will present a set of recommendations to Obama, who is then planning to announce a series of proposals. Already, Democrats on Capitol Hill are proposing or are formulating legislation to ban high capacity gun clips and to reinstate the ban on assault weapons.
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.), chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, has proposed a study of violence in videogames and video, conducted by the National Academy of Sciences, and a review of current policy by the FCC and the FTC.