Biden to Push for Gun Violence Curb
On Wednesday, President Barack Obama is scheduled to announce that Vice President Joe Biden would be leading the White House effort to develop policies for addressing the gun violence in the wake of the Newtown school massacre in Connecticut last week.
President Obama will not be announcing policy decisions, rather he will be laying out the new process by which the White House administration will start the process, which Biden will head.
Obama turned to his vice president as he has in the past to take on high profile initiatives like those that Biden did to seek out a compromise in the deficit reduction with Republicans back in 2011.
Biden will have the mission of coordinating the process amongst government agencies to develop policies following the shootings in Newtown and it comes only days after the event that appears to have created an outcry nationally in reducing gun violence.
The massacre of last Friday in Newtown was the fourth shooting that claimed multiple lives this year in the U.S.
On Sunday, Obama called for people in the U.S. to work together in this effort demanding changes in the ways the country deals with gun violence. The President said that in the next few weeks he would be using whatever power his office holds to generate efforts to prevent any further tragedies like Newtown’s.
However, for many politicians in the U.S., gun control is low on the priority list because of popularity throughout the country of possessing guns and the force that the National Rifle Association carries.
The right to bear arms, as set forth in the second amendment of the Constitution is seen by a great deal of Americans as written in stone and even following other mass shootings, politicians have had to tiptoe around steps that would limit the access of weapons to the public.