Joe Biden: Gun violence is ‘not a partisan issue’

He said he’ll work with “anyone” on gun reform laws.

Video Transcript

JOE BIDEN: I know that the conversation about guns in this country can be a difficult one. But even here there's much more common ground than anyone would believe. There's much more common ground. Everything that's being proposed today is totally consistent with the Second Amendment. And there's a wide consensus behind the need to take action.

I know that one overwhelming majorities of Americans want to see something change that'll affect their lives and it still doesn't change it can be demoralizing to our fellow citizens. It can feel like our entire political process is broken. I know it's painful and frustrating that we haven't made the progress that we had hoped for. But it took five years to get Brady Bill passed, and it took even more years to work to pass the assault weapons ban. And it saved lives.

No matter how long it takes, we're going to get these passed. We're not going to give up. We have an opportunity to fulfill the first responsibility of government, to keep our people safe. And in the process, we can show the world and show ourselves that democracy works, that we can come together and get big things done.

So folks, this is just the start. We've got a lot of work to do. But I know almost every one of you sitting in the garden here, none of you have ever given up. We're not going to give up. Now the idea that we have so many people dying every single day from gun violence in America is a blemish on our character as a nation.

So let me be clear. This is not a partisan issue among the American people. This is a view by the American people as an American issue. And I'm willing to work with anyone to get these done. And it's long past time that we act.

Now, I know this has been a hobbyhorse of mine for a long time. Got it done once. We should also ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country.