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Biden Talks Gun Control With Virginia Leaders

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Vice President Joe Biden says that one of the best ways to figure out how to curb gun violence and prevent more tragedies, like the Connecticut school shooting, is to pick the brains of the leaders who guided Virginia through the nation's worst mass shooting.

Biden's first stop on a national tour was Richmond, where he met with state leaders and some members of the Virginia Tech Commission that investigated the campus tragedy.

After the closed-door meeting, Biden told the media that this is not a witch-hunt for weapons, but a comprehensive approach to putting an end to a national epidemic.

Biden questions why people convicted of domestic violence, or who are otherwise prohibited from buying weapons, have been able to do so. He's investigating how to make gun-owners more responsible so that their firearms don't fall into the wrong hands, and he also wants to reduce gun trafficking.

Biden says he learned that there aren't enough trained law enforcement professionals across the nation.

A House task force is working on new measures that address gun safety, assault weapons, magazine size reduction, background checks, and mental health.

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A WAMU Guide To The 2015 National Book Festival

Need some help navigating the schedule? We've come up with an agenda that highlights authors we’ve spoken with here at WAMU.

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Sept. 2, 2015

You can plan for dinner and a show (for a cause) or check out a reggae concert.

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Europe's Ongoing Migrant And Refugee Crisis And The Future Of Open Borders

The Austria-Hungary border has become the latest pressure point in Europe's ongoing migrant crisis. An update on the huge influx of migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa and the future of open borders within the E.U.

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Environmental Outlook: How To Build Smarter Transportation And More Livable Cities

A new report says traffic in the U-S is worse than it's been in years. But some say there are reasons to be optimistic. For this month's Environmental Outlook: how revitalized urban centers and new modes of transportation are changing how we get around our cities.

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