December 19th, 2012
12:08 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama: Biden to lead effort against gun violence

(CNN) - President Barack Obama said Wednesday that Vice President Joe Biden will lead an administration effort to develop recommendations no later than January for preventing another tragedy like last week's school shooting in Connecticut that left 20 young children and six adults dead.

The vast majority of gun owners in America are responsible, but the more than 10,000 Americans killed every year by guns was "violence we cannot accept as routine."

"We won't prevent them all, but that can't be an excuse" not to try, the president added.

As for the National Rifle Association, Obama said the pro-gun lobby in the United States, "has members who are mothers and fathers" likely impacted by the shooting.


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soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Oh, Really?

    Why are we blaming gun laws and mental illness? Someone being socially awkward and introverted doesn't make them a murderer. Where were the parents? Where were the 'concerned' friends and family members? I personally don't feel safe knowing that none of the schools staff could help defend the students. All they can do is hide us in corners and have us play the quiet game. However, I know this site is full of liberals who don't grasp the concept of the 2nd amendment or anything in our constitution for that matter. It disgusts me how the lose of 20 children is now a ridiculous political debate.

    December 19, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. Data Driven


    Because no one seems to want to pay for national initiatives on mental health.

    Gun control is cheaper.

    December 19, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. ja

    the best way to honor the victims of Newtown, should be changing gun laws, this other stuff is ok, but be real

    December 19, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "They don't want to lock up insane people"

    De-institutionalization was Reagan's baby.

    December 19, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. Ram215

    How in the world can Biden control gun violence, whe was put in charge to account for stimulas dollars and lost track on that!

    December 19, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  6. Legba

    This is tragic all the way around. Like what many others have posted, mental issue is a big factor here. That boy should not have had any access to those guns. From what I have previously read, his mother wanted to to teach him responsibility by letting him handle weapons....good intentions but not be the wisest choice. Maybe having him care for a dog would have been more appropriate. Mental illness and guns don't mix.

    December 19, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. GonzoinHouston

    Banning assault rifles or guns in general in an effort to prevent school shootings is a little like doing Lasik surgery with a chain saw. It's an extreme approach that will do more harm than good. If you want to do something that might actually be practical and effective, consider this: Johns Hopkins did a major study and came up with a rough profile of a school shooter. With a little refinement, it can be used to identify the 1 in 5,000 who could be potential threats. Once they are identified, a little outreach and inclusion and therapy could go a long way if employed early. Parents of potential threats have to be persuaded to make firearms inaccessible, preferably stored off-site. I realize this isn't nearly as satisfying as imposing one's personal agenda on others, but it's more realistic.

    December 19, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  8. Captain Awesome

    LOL! Give me a minute while I try to contain my laughter. Ok, I'm back. Uncle Joe leading a task force? Were all the real experts busy? Jeez, Uncle Joe barely knows where he is half the time and you want him to come up with a solution to this?! By January?! Libs are so mentally pliable.

    December 19, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    Now we know, that the proposals will make zero sense. Obama puts Biden in, when he wants to totally disassociate himself, from what he wants Biden to do..........knowing Biden will do his bidding, no matter how ridiculous his bidding is.

    December 19, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  10. humberto

    How did the NATIONAL Security Councils not know about Bush served to anwser in federal court why the full faith and credit due another states arrest order was maliciously denied enforcement to protect the criminal careers of the public officials involved and covered up .

    December 19, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  11. Donna

    "They don't want to lock up insane people"
    De-institutionalization was Reagan's baby
    More lies? It was the ACLU's baby. Your far far left darlings and Ruth Bader Ginsburgs old employer.

    December 19, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. just askin

    Sniffit: I use the Somalia argument all the time. You want guns and no government? Go there.

    if you want no guns and all government control, why don't the both of you go to cuba instead?!

    December 19, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  13. GuestAgain

    If we locked up everyone with mental problems the representative population of those institutions would mirror our correctional facility population....democratic.

    December 19, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  14. Name

    Guns dont kil people, people kill people. When gunns are taken away from honest citizens only crooks and cops as well as military will have them. I am not giving up my gun. I keep it for self defense only. I am an old disabled Marinne, and I have a respect for and the use of guns.

    December 19, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  15. The REAL Truth...

    Have any of you pro-gun nuts ever actually READ the 2nd Amendment ?? I doubt it – other than the part the NRA harps on.

    It states – "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed"

    This sentence does NOT arbitrarily grant individuals the right to keep any kind of arms. This subject has been debated to death and I'm not going to get into a discussion about it here, but the "right of the people to keep and bear arms" was written 200+ yrs ago in a country that consisted of 13 EAST COAST states. Times have changed – we have fewer horse and bayonets used in war today also. If NO TRACTION on the gun OWNER control laws occurs, the gun lobby has no-one to blame but themselves as the Newtown events will play out again and again. The misery and loss will continue.
    Accept it as COLLATERAL DAMAGE and the price the people pay for the right to bear arms. . When is enough, enough already?? Ban ALL handguns (except for those legally required to have them for their jobs – police, secret service, etc.) – as they have no purpose other than to main/kill.. Ban ALL ASSAULT WEAPONS, large mags, clips more than 10 shots. Require ALL owners to provide a valid reason to own a gun (hunting, and so on – and self defense is not a valid reason). Require mandatory training and licensing. Annual review. Let's see where that takes us! IT'S TIME!

    December 19, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. Tommy G

    The REAL Truth...
    Have any of you pro-gun nuts ever actually READ the 2nd Amendment ?? I doubt it – other than the part the NRA harps on.
    It states – "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed"
    This sentence does NOT arbitrarily grant individuals the right to keep any kind of arms.

    Yes, we have read it. And the US Supreme Court has read it and ruled that it does grant individuals these rights. Do you think the first amendment protecting our rights from infringement by the federal government was not for individuals? Honestly, your entire premise is ludicrous. The entire Bill of Rights were rights specifically retained by the PEOPLE.

    December 19, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    " More lies? It was the ACLU's baby. Your far far left darlings and Ruth Bader Ginsburgs old employer."

    Actually, Reagan's administration engaged in a systematic policy of accelerated reviews of people on SS disability for mental illness, which left tens of thousands of them with no source of income or treatment. The policy also exposed real, significant faults with the manner in which the regulations defined and understood (read: misunderstood) mental illness, its causes and the needs of its sufferers. Moreover, he eviscerated federal support for public housing, which meant the low income housing and income support received by people suffering serious mental illnesses evaporated...and they ended up on the streets.

    December 19, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  18. Walls

    We all knew a second term of Obama would amount to gun control. It’s not going to solve anything. It’s just going to make a whole lot of people rush out to buy guns. Unfortunately a percentage of those new buyers are not going to be responsible gun owners which is not going to be good for anyone. You think you have ever seen scary people at gun shows go to one now.

    December 19, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. A Tired Patriot

    The media is constantly reporting how military rifles are designed to fire bullets that "fragment in the body" or are "especially lethal" but where does this information come from? Modern assualt weapons were designed under the very specific rules of the Haque convention IVof 1907 which CLEARLY state:

    Artical 23 (E) "In addition to the prohibitions provided by special Conventions, it is especially forbidden – To employ arms, projectiles, or material calculated to cause unnecessary suffering"

    It goes on to list examples of these projectiles (Bullets) such as Expanding, Hollowpoint, Exposed lead, Etc. So since the USA designed it's weapons around these specific rules where may I ask is the media getting this information?

    December 19, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  20. TheVoice2

    Calm down gun lovers. No one is going to take away your guns. Its the ones that own assault rifles, automatics, 15-20 guns, thousands of rounds of amunition. You are not going to war with anybody. If someone wants to own a gun, "one" gun for self defense then that should be fine with limited amunition. If you do it for the sport then go rent and shoot one at a shooting range and walk out satisfied. The easy access is the issue here. So calm down, no one is trying to take your "guns".

    December 19, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  21. fryuujin

    Obama and gun control – looks like head dolt of the NRA can say "I told you so" to his many insane followers. beyond sadly the reason why is the deaths of so many people.

    December 19, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  22. M

    Its sad very few realize that this was already decided yrs ago..they needed an event or happen..kinda makes you wonder about the events...i know that's impossible to imagine to most people. To understand politics you must think in angles and in reverse and sideways..never straight forward. Sorta like USA attacking Libya because they were pushing for African currency based on gold...or USA attacking Iraq after 9/11....saddam also had been pushing for independent currency..wake up guys...we will lose more and more rights ...until we wake up..but by then we will be defenseless...we are already senseless...

    December 19, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
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