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December 19, 2012

VP Biden to head post-Newtown shooting review of U.S. policy

President Obama today will announce his administration's first coordinated steps to respond to the elementary school shooting in Newtown, a day after White House officials said the president "actively supports" some gun control measures.

Obama is expected to announce that Vice President Joe Biden will spearhead an interagency panel to develop policies in the wake of the shooting that killed 20 children and six adults. White House aides say Obama is not expected to announce major policy decisions, but that he'll spell out the process by which the administration will move forward.

Obama has been criticized for not moving aggressively on gun control measures in his first term, but he pledged Sunday night to use "whatever power this office holds" for an effort aimed at preventing a repeat of such violence, saying "we can't tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end and to end them, we must change."

Press Secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday that Obama supports a number of gun control measures, including reinstatement of the assault weapons ban, and closing the gunshow loophole. Biden will attend today's announcement.
Obama has turned to Biden -- who earned an F in 2008 from the Natioal Rifle Association for his support of gun control -- for several high-profile assignments, including overseeing passage of the stimulus package in 2009.
In the House, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats will hold a press conference today calling for the "swift passage" of legislation that would ban the manufacture of assault magazines like those used in Newtown.

Carney said Tuesday that Obama was "actively supportive" of legislation like that reintroduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. to revive an assault-weapon ban that expired in 2004.

Carney said the president also supported ending a loophole that allowed Americans to skirt federal background checks by purchasing assault weapons at gun shows, where standard background checks may be waived.

"And there are other elements of gun legislation that he could support," Carney said, adding that the president would be "interested in looking" at legislation on high-capacity magazines.

One reason that last week's killing spree was so deadly is that gunman Adam Lanza had large-capacity magazine clips that allowed him to fire multiple rounds before having to reload.

The National Rifle Association, the nation’s largest gun lobby, broke its silence Tuesday, saying its members were "shocked, saddened and heartbroken" by the "horrific and senseless murders." The NRA, which has successfully pushed back against efforts to trim gun rights, plans a news conference Friday and said in the release that it's "prepared to offer meaningful contributions" to prevent another such massacre.

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Pat Henry


The "gunshow loophole" is basically a law that has nothing to do with gun shows. It seeks to make private sales illegal which does not do anything to stop any violence (also illegal). Private folks can use background checks if they choose, but such a law would make an already expensive process that much more costly and only affect the good guys.

The CT shooter was able to kill as many as he did because they were small children unable to oppose him and the police took from 10-20 minutes to respond. He was already long dead by the time they showed up. He could've used a revolver if he wanted, 10 to 20 minutes is a long time when shooting fish in a barrel.. Put a cop in every school that would've been running radar on the road and you might prevent this sort of evil tragedy.. but banning guns won't do a damn thing considering that the CT kid stole em anyway.

Joe Biden

Gun control is not about guns, it's about controlling citizens. All nations that have fallen to dictatorship have disarmed the citizenry first.
I would expect Uncle Joe to attack the violence on screens throughout the nation as a root cause of unrest and give an analysis of the effects of Obama's economy and unemployment on the psyche of all Americans as a causative factor of instability or his panel will be biased. Also, all of the figures about premature death include suicide and are not being brought to light by the Obama Media.
Firearm enthusiasts-Never Relent, Never Give An Inch.

brian

In Missouri, all transaction by a dealer go through NIX . . .

Even the ones at Gun Shows . . .

One can legally transfer a firearm face to face with a citizen of the same state . . .

you'll never be able to legislate around it . . .

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