WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden will start day two of this week's meetings on gun violence Thursday, and the participants in the latest round of talks will include two powerhouses in the gun industry -- the National Rifle Association and Wal-Mart, one of the largest sellers of firearms in the country.
Spokesmen for the NRA and Wal-Mart confirmed representatives from their organizations will be included in the meetings Thursday. Advocates for sportsmen, women's groups, wildlife groups and gun owners will also be there. The vice president is slated to meet with members of the entertainment industry in the evening.
James J. Baker, the NRA's top lobbyist, will attend the meeting on behalf of the organization. The NRA called for armed officers to be placed in every school after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. in December.
"We are sending a representative to hear what they have to say," Andrew Arulanandam, a spokesman for the NRA, said.
Wal-Mart initially turned down an invitation to participate in the talks but reversed its decision after it "underestimated the expectation to attend the meeting on Thursday in person," a spokesman said.
"We take this issue very seriously and are committed staying engaged in this discussion as the administration and Congress work toward a consensus on the right path forward," David Tovar, vice president of corporate communications for Wal-Mart, said.
The latest meetings come one day after Biden held a first round of talks this week with gun safety advocate groups and victims and survivors of gun violence. Speaking to reporters before the meeting, the vice president expressed the administration's commitment to develop effective gun policy by considering all ideas. He suggested the administration would be ready to take executive action on the issue, which would not require help from Congress.
"We're here today to deal with a problem that requires our immediate action, urgent action. And the president and I are determined to take action," Biden told reporters before a meeting in his ceremonial office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. "I want to make it clear that we are not going to get caught up in the notion [that] unless we can do everything, we're going to do nothing."
"There are executive orders, executive action that can be taken. We haven't decided what that is yet, but we're compiling it all with the help the attorney general and all the rest of the cabinet members, as well as legislative action, we believe, is required," Biden said.
Colin Goddard, a survivor of the shooting at Virginia Tech University in 2007, participated in the meeting at the White House Wednesday and said the talks gave the groups "encouragement from the highest office in the country."
"I was really encouraged by seeing how focused and determined the administration is in seeing comprehensive changes to the gun violence in America," Goddard, who is now the assistant director for federal legislation at the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, told ABC News. "It was really great to see even the Vice President of the United States of America supporting us. He wants to see this done to the end and bringing us all to the table to share our personal stories, share our ideas about what our proposals could be."
Gun Control: Biden Includes NRA, Wal-Mart in Talks
"I pinched myself when Eric Holder sat down right next to me, and Joe Biden sat down after him. It's one of those moments where you were lying on the floor not knowing if I was going to live or not five years ago, and today I'm sitting in this meeting. It was surreal," Goddard told ABC News.
Others who participated in the meeting weighed in with statements.
"In our meeting today, the vice president made it clear that this was not going to be just another conversation about gun violence, but that they are committed to delivering policy changes -- both through legislation and executive action," John Feinblatt, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's chief policy advisor, said in a statement. "The vice president is the right person to develop the White House agenda, given his leadership on gun policy and crime prevention, and we need his leadership because 33 Americans will be murdered with guns every day that passes without common sense reforms to our laws."
Kristen Rand, the legislative director for the Violence Policy Center, said, "The Administration's long-term commitment to reducing gun violence, through both legislative and administrative approaches, is clear and steadfast. We applaud the Administration's leadership and feel very encouraged that progress will be made."
Biden also held conference calls with 15 governors and 16 state and local elected officials Wednesday.
Shortly after the shootings in which 26 children and educators were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary last month, President Obama assigned Biden to head a task force and offer suggestions on curbing gun violence.
"Every once in a while there's something that awakens the conscience of the country, and that tragic event did in a way like nothing I've seen in my career," Biden said Wednesday.
Biden's group is required to submit recommendations to the president by the end of the month.
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