(Image source: The White House)


BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN

President Obama held a rare news conference Wednesday to address the debate over gun policy after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

“We’re gonna need to work on making access to mental health care as easy as access to a gun. We’re gonna need to look more closely at a culture that all too often glorifies guns and violence.”

Specifically, the president said he’d pursue reform that would limit high-capacity clips, eliminate so-called “gun show” loopholes that often don’t require background checks of buyers — and potentially the renewal of an assault weapons ban.

Friday’s mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, which left 20 children dead — was the second high-profile shooting of that week alone.

Major mass shootings since President Obama took office include Binghamton, New York, Fort Hood Texas, Tucson Arizona, Aurora Colorado, and Newtown Connecticut.

And his critics have often noted what they call his “silence” on gun control, never taking action on the issue.

The White House announced Vice President Joe Biden would head a task force to examine gun control proposals.

And — perhaps anticipating criticism — President Obama told reporters at the news conference:

“This is not some Washington commission. This is not something where folks are going to be studying the issue for six months and publishing a report that gets read and then pushed aside.”

And he said those proposals would be due no later than the end of January.

In a side note, the NRA broke its silence Wednesday, releasing a statement that read in part:
“...we were shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of the horrific and senseless murders in Newtown. … The NRA is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again.”

The major gun lobby will hold its own news conference Friday.

Obama on Guns: 'Words Need to Lead to Action'

by Christina Hartman
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Dec 19, 2012

Obama on Guns: 'Words Need to Lead to Action'

(Image source: The White House)


BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN

President Obama held a rare news conference Wednesday to address the debate over gun policy after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

“We’re gonna need to work on making access to mental health care as easy as access to a gun. We’re gonna need to look more closely at a culture that all too often glorifies guns and violence.”

Specifically, the president said he’d pursue reform that would limit high-capacity clips, eliminate so-called “gun show” loopholes that often don’t require background checks of buyers — and potentially the renewal of an assault weapons ban.

Friday’s mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, which left 20 children dead — was the second high-profile shooting of that week alone.

Major mass shootings since President Obama took office include Binghamton, New York, Fort Hood Texas, Tucson Arizona, Aurora Colorado, and Newtown Connecticut.

And his critics have often noted what they call his “silence” on gun control, never taking action on the issue.

The White House announced Vice President Joe Biden would head a task force to examine gun control proposals.

And — perhaps anticipating criticism — President Obama told reporters at the news conference:

“This is not some Washington commission. This is not something where folks are going to be studying the issue for six months and publishing a report that gets read and then pushed aside.”

And he said those proposals would be due no later than the end of January.

In a side note, the NRA broke its silence Wednesday, releasing a statement that read in part:
“...we were shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of the horrific and senseless murders in Newtown. … The NRA is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again.”

The major gun lobby will hold its own news conference Friday.

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