Vice President Biden is in town to speak at the 2013 Irish America Hall of Fame luncheon at the JW Marriott Essex House hotel today, but before that, he'll be meeting with Mayor Bloomberg and having a press conference. According to his schedule, "Vice President Biden will join New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg at City Hall to discuss the importance of passing commonsense legislation to reduce gun violence." Bloomberg's announcement says they'll be joined by "Families from Newtown, Connecticut to Discuss the Need for Common-Sense Federal Gun Laws."

Last month, Bloomberg and Biden joined forces to push for gun control reform, but today's press conference comes right after the Senate dropped its assault weapons ban.

The NY Times reports, "[mayor press secretary Marc] LaVorgna said the meeting planned for Thursday was not a reaction to that news and had been planned long before it. He said Mr. Bloomberg was 'committed to this issue.'" So committed that he's donated about $2 million to his anti-guns group.

The press conference will be streamed on NYC.gov. For those wishing to see Biden at the Irish America Hall of Fame luncheon, that will be streamed on WhiteHouse.gov/live.