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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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