Obama Promises Gun Action 'Without Delay'
Names Biden to head task force
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 19, 2012 12:18 PM CST
President Barack Obama stands with Vice President Joe Biden as he makes a statement Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – President Obama took a big public step on gun control today, telling a press conference that he would act on gun control "without delay." As expected, Obama announced that Joe Biden would head up a group to explore ways to reduce gun violence, but this won't be a "typical Washington commission," he said, promising that it would have concrete proposals before the end of January, USA Today reports. "This is a complex issue," he said. But that "can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing."

Obama said the proposals would almost certainly include restrictions on assault rifles and high-capacity magazines, and that Biden was the perfect person to lead the commission, given that he spearheaded the 1994 effort to ban assault weapons, the Washington Post reports. But the commission will also look at mental health initiatives, and possibly violence in popular culture as well. "We can't tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end," he said. "And to end them, we must change."

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Dec 20, 2012 5:37 AM CST
as has often been said, guns don't kill people - people kill people. banning guns won't stop the killing nor solve the problem, any more than prohibition stopped people from obtaining alcohol and drinking. anyone who wants a gun bad enough will get one, and it will always be the wrong people who will succeed.
Dec 19, 2012 9:23 PM CST
Obama is just blowing smoke. As a President of the United States, he has the pressure to publicly 'appear' that he's making some kind of official response.
Dec 19, 2012 9:12 PM CST
Ol' Joe could not even remember what state he was in during the Obama tour.Much less anything about gun control.And none of our amendments should be fooled with.Do some looking at other nations and see what happen to their freedoms.Bad news is come down the road if they get their way! As Uncle Ted said God-Guns-And Glory.