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January 9th, 2013
10:17 AM ET

Stepfather of Aurora victim discusses efforts to curb gun violence

Later this morning, survivors of gun violence and representatives from gun safety groups are meeting with Vice President Joe Biden in Washington. Biden is leading the White House task force on guns, which was quickly assembled in the aftermath of the Newtown tragedy.

Lonnie Phillips, whose step-daughter Jessica Ghawi was killed in the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado, will be attending today's meeting and he joins Starting Point today to discuss the efforts he's taking to try to curb gun violence.

Phillips, who says that he expects a "tough, protracted battle," explains that he's focused on three main aspects of gun control pertaining to assault weapons, high-capacity magazines and background checks.

Discussing the participation of the NRA in gun control talks, Phillips says that the organization is "using their same worn out trite: people kill people, guns don't kill people."

"They need to come up with something more substantial than that," Phillips says. "A dialogue with NRA would be helpful. I would like to see some kind of step forward for them, instead of just towing the line and not giving an inch. That's not the way to negotiate."

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