Sandy Hook Fallout: Obama Taps Biden to Craft New Policies to Curb Gun Violence

Obama taps Biden to craft new policies to curb gun violence in wake of shooting

Published December 19, 2012 |

WASHINGTON –  President Obama will tap Vice President Biden to lead an administration-wide effort looking at gun control and other measures in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting last week.

The move, to be announced shortly before noon on Wednesday, marks the first concrete step by the White House toward possibly crafting new firearms restrictions. Aides told Fox News that the president is not expected to announce any major policy decisions on Wednesday. Rather, he will outline the process for pursuing changes.
Obama and top administration officials have suggested the response to the Newtown, Conn., mass murder could include a range of recommendations, covering everything from mental health to school security. But the focus, given the debate that has accelerated on Capitol Hill in recent days, is likely to be gun control.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday that Obama is "actively supportive" of Sen. Dianne Feinstein's, D-Calif., push to bring back an assault-weapons ban. He also said the president supports closing the so-called gun show loophole.

Lawmakers have floated a number of other proposals, including regulation of high-capacity clips, that the administration could also look at.