DANBURY, Conn. (CBSDC/AP) — Vice President Joe Biden makes an impassioned plea for gun control legislation during a gun control violence conference at a Connecticut university less than 15 miles from Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Biden reiterated President Barack Obama’s gun-control proposals of universal background checks and a ban on military-style assault weapons.

“There are plenty of ways to protect yourselves” without military-style assault weapons, he noted. Gunman Adam Lanza used a Bushmaster XM15 rifle down 20 students and six adults in December.

Biden said culture is not killing people, guns are.

“We can’t remain silent, we have to speak for all those voices,” Biden said during the conference at Western Connecticut State University. “Now is the time to act.”

The vice president said there will be a moral price to pay for inaction.

Biden added that “no law-abiding citizen” fears that their constitutional rights will be infringed upon with Obama’s gun legislation proposals.

Earlier in the conference, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy called for immediately banning high-capacity ammunition magazines, requiring background checks for the transfer of any firearm and expanding the state’s assault weapons ban.

Malloy’s proposed package includes law changes, executive orders he can impose and recommendations to his own commission that’s still reviewing the Dec. 14 shooting in Newtown that claimed 26 lives. The package focuses solely on gun safety. Both the governor’s commission and the bipartisan legislative task force are also reviewing possible school security and mental health changes.

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