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.