A ‘Fireside Hangout’ to Discuss Gun Violence With Vice President Biden

BY News Desk  January 23, 2013 at 6:33 PM EDT

Live stream courtesy of the White House.

Americans huddled around radios to hear President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s fireside chats broadcast across the country. Now, anyone with an internet connection can gather ’round their computer screens to watch a live Google Plus “Fireside Hangout” with Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday at 1:45 p.m. ET.

The topic will be gun violence, an issue at the forefront of Americans’ attention, following the tragic school shootings in Newtown, Conn. The conversation, to be moderated by NewsHour correspondent Hari Sreenivasan, is the latest in PBS NewsHour’s coverage of the national debate on guns.

Following the shootings in Newtown, Vice President Joe Biden led a gun violence task force with participants from a wide spectrum of gun interests. Now, citizens from around the country can make their voices heard during this Google hangout.


In addition to Vice President Biden, participants include:

Guy Kawasaki, co-founder of Alltop.com, an “online magazine rack” of popular topics on the Web, founding partner at Garage Technology Ventures and former chief evangelist of Apple

Kimberley Blaine, producer of the Web series www.TheGoToMom.TV and host of the The Go-To Parents Community on Google Plus

Philip DeFranco, founder of DefrancoCreative and creator of the YouTube video series “The Philip Defranco Show” “The Vloggity,” and LikeTotallyAwesome

Theresa Tillett, mother and grandmother from Hartford, Conn., and member of the NRA


You can watch video of the “Fireside Hangout” live above, or tune in to the White House’s Google Plus page and YouTube channel.

More coverage of the gun debate is available on NewsHour’s website and “After Newtown” a series of specials airing on PBS stations Feb. 18-22, 2013.