Biden brings White House gun-control push to Philly

Vice President Joe Biden gestures as speaks after a round table discussion on gun control, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Girard College in Philadelphia. From left are, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, Biden, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., and Deputy Attorney General Jim Cole. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Hours after a gunman opened fire at a courthouse in his home state of Delaware on Monday, Vice President Joe Biden held a roundtable on gun violence in North Philadelphia with a slew of local officials. 

Biden said the group, made up mostly of law-enforcement officers and Democratic politicians, supported President Obama's recently announced gun-control plan, including an improved system for background checks and bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

"The nation is demanding that we act responsibly," Biden said. "We are going to be judged very harshly if we don't respond."

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey; Philadelphia U.S. Reps. Allyson Schwartz, Bob Brady and Chaka Fattah; Mayor Nutter; District Attorney Seth Williams; Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey; and officials from other mid-Atlantic cities participated in the discussion.

Despite the serious tone of the echakvent, Biden did squeeze in one characteristic quip. Asked for his thoughts on Pope Benedict XVI's decision to resign, Biden said, "I am not running."