Joe Biden Is New Gun Tzar
So, John Kerry As Secretary of State and now Joe Biden as the new Gun Tzar... should be fine...
- *OBAMA SAYS VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN TO LEAD EFFORT ON GUN VIOLENCE
- *OBAMA SAYS HE WILL PUSH `WITHOUT DELAY' BIDEN RECOMMENDATIONS
- *OBAMA SAYS BIDEN TASKED WITH `REAL REFORMS' ON GUN VIOLENCE
- *OBAMA SAYS BIDEN TO REPORT BACK NEXT MONTH
Market reaction is RGR and SWHC rallying from the news...
President Barack Obama on Wednesday said all gun buyers should be subject to background checks, offering his most specific proposal in the wake of the shooting spree at a Connecticut school and setting up a potential fight with gun-rights advocates.
"This time words must lead to action," Mr. Obama said from the White House, where he also announced that Vice President Joe Biden would oversee an effort to get ideas for changing gun and mental-health laws to Congress. "The fact that this problem is complex can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing."
Mr. Obama said he wanted Mr. Biden and his cabinet to get concrete ideas to him no later than January, "proposals that I then intend to push without delay." He urged Congress to vote on the measures once they arrive.
The White House said Tuesday that Mr. Obama spoke by phone with one staunch gun-rights supporter, Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.), who said that he and Mr. Obama "agree that as Americans and parents, all of our children belong to all of us—and we must work together to keep our precious children safe."
It is unclear exactly what policies the administration will pursue. The White House has said it wants to take a comprehensive look at the nation's gun and mental-health laws to determine what are the best ways to prevent mass shootings.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefly gave details about measures Mr. Obama would support, saying that the president would consider limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines and would back efforts to prevent people from buying guns through unlicensed dealers without a background check. Mr. Carney also said the president "actively" supports a proposal by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) to ban assault weapons.
The NRA this week broke days of silence after Friday's shooting, saying it wanted to make "meaningful contributions" to prevent future mass shootings. The group, which is one of the most powerful lobbies in the U.S., plans to hold a news conference Friday.
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