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"We have to speak for those 20 beautiful children who died 69 days ago, 12 miles from here," said Biden, who said he met with two parents before taking the stage.
"You have a hell of a lot more courage than I do," he said.
"What I say to my colleagues who will watch this and listen to this, I say to you, if you are concerned about your political survival, you should be concerned about the survival of our children," he told a crowd of a few hundred at Western Connecticut State University.
There should be a political price to pay for people who refuse to act, he said, adding "There’s a moral price to be paid for inaction."
"I can’t imagine how we will be judged as a society if we do nothing," he said.
He ridiculed "the organized opposition" that keeps asking questions, not because they are looking for answers, but "because they’re looking for roadblocks."
"They say it isn’t about guns," Biden told the crowd of a few hundred. "They’re wrong. It is about guns."
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