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Vice President Joe Biden to Head Interagency Task Force to Curb Gun Violence

Today President Obama named Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. to head the administration's efforts to develop a response to the shootings in Newtown Connecticut.  The President made assurances that there would be no delays in introducing legislation to Congress, as the Vice President "has a very specific task to pull together real reforms right now."

 

President Obama suggested that the Administration is considering eliminating the so-called "gunshow loophole," a ban on assault weapons and on the sale of high-capacity ammuniation clips, asserting:

 "A majority of Americans support banning the sale of military-style assault weapons. A majority of Americans support banning the sale of high-capacity ammunition clips. A majority of Americans support laws requiring background checks before all gun purchases so that criminals can’t take advantage of legal loopholes to buy a gun from somebody who won’t take the responsibility of doing a background check at all."

 

Whatever the outcome of the task force, the President acknowledged that this effort to curb gun violence can not succeed without the help of the American people:

"If we’re going to change things, it’s going to take a wave of Americans -- mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, pastors, law enforcement, mental health professionals, and, yes, gun owners -- standing up and saying, enough on behalf of our kids."

Read the transcript of the President's remarks.

 

The full White House Press Conference: