He acknowledged that it was going to be a fight that required a lot of energy, and in doing so, cast the argument in much the same terms that Republicans use when discussing the need to bring down the national debt: the effect on future generations.
“I’ve been in this fight along time. I have no illusions about the fight that’s in front of us. I have no illusions about the distortions that will come from all sides. But I know full well the political obstacles that will be thrown up against us are not impenetrable. I have no illusions about how hard it’s gonna be. But I know this: we have no choice. We will not be able to look our kids and grand kids in the eye if we don’t use every energy, every fiber in our being to try to keep them safer. We will not be worthy of the generation that has to grow up now without those 20 innocent kids,” he said.
Biden suggested that the effort on guns was just one part of a larger effort to make American society less “coarse.”
“We will not be able to stop every act of senseless gun violence or any other gun violence, we know that, in the future. That’s no excuse to do nothing. It is not an excuse to do nothing. As the president said, if we can save even one it’s worth it. And I think we can begin, again, not because of guns alone, but I think we can begin an endeavor that stops the coarsity of American culture and society,” he said.