Obama seeks gun proposals to curb violence by January

WASHINGTON Wed Dec 19, 2012 1:10pm EST

1 of 2. U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and Vice President Joe Biden speak to members of the media in the White House Briefing Room in Washington December 19, 2012. Obama said on Wednesday he is seeking concrete policy recommendations no later than January aimed at curbing U.S. gun violence. The effort will be led by Biden and is part of Obama's call for action after the December 14 massacre of 26 people, including 20 children, at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he is seeking concrete policy recommendations no later than January aimed at curbing U.S. gun violence.

Obama, in formally announcing an effort to craft such solutions after Friday's shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, also called on Congress to take up the issue quickly next year.

"If there is even one thing that we can do to prevent any one of these events, we have a deep obligation - all of us - to try," he told reporters at the White House.

The effort will be led by Vice President Joe Biden and is part of Obama's call for action after the massacre of 26 people, including 20 children, at the school in Newtown, Connecticut.

Although Biden's commission is charged with coming up with specific proposals, Obama said people should not be able to get their get hands on assault weapons easily and that loopholes for gun-show sales need to be closed.

(Reporting By Susan Heavey; Editing by David Brunnstrom)

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Comments (10)
Overcast451 wrote:
Oh sure, the killings were legal – so a law will fix it!

Dec 19, 2012 12:46pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Overcast451 wrote:
You going to disarm your bodyguards Obama?

Why not?

Practice what you preach first bud.

Dec 19, 2012 12:46pm EST  --  Report as abuse
brotherkenny4 wrote:
Any new guns laws would be a boon to the GOP who is fading in relevance. But this would surely galvanize support and stir the grass roots of the right wing nut jobs.

Dec 19, 2012 12:53pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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