Obama held talks with Biden, Cabinet members on Newtown response

WASHINGTON Mon Dec 17, 2012 5:59pm EST

U.S. President Barack Obama looks down as he walks from the rostrum after speaking at a vigil held at Newtown High School for families of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut December 16, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama looks down as he walks from the rostrum after speaking at a vigil held at Newtown High School for families of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut December 16, 2012.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama held talks on Monday with Vice President Joe Biden and three Cabinet members to look at ways to respond to the Newtown, Connecticut, school shootings, a White House official said.

Obama has said he would support action to address mass shootings in the United States, but no steps have been spelled out by the White House as of yet. As a starter, Democrats would like to reinstate a ban on assault weapons that expired in 2004.

A White House official said Obama had discussions with White House senior staff as well as Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Attorney General Eric Holder and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

The objective was to "begin looking at ways the country can respond to the tragedy in Newtown," the official said. The official gave no specifics but said work would continue.

(Reporting By Steve Holland; Editing by Eric; Beech)

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