President Obama is set to announce that he’s tapping Vice President Joe Biden to lead the administration’s response following the shooting in Newtown, Conn. Biden will coordinate an inter-agency process, according to CBS News.
The effort will involve oversight of policies aimed toward reducing gun violence and preventing mass shootings like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
After a gunman killed 26 people, including 20 children, Obama visited the Connecticut town and promised “meaningful action.” The White House did not readily offer details about what that meant, apart from examining both gun laws and mental health care — but on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the president is “actively supportive” of an assault weapons ban.
“[The President] supports — and would support legislation that addresses the problem of the so-called gun show loophole, and there are other elements of gun law — gun legislation that he could support. People have talked about high- capacity ammunition clips, for example, and that is something, certainly, that he would be interested in looking at.”
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