VP Biden to lead panel on gun laws
WASHINGTON, DC – President Obama is taking aim at the tough issue of gun laws. Today he announced an inter-agency group led by Vice President Joe Biden, which will have only a few weeks to come up with a plan.
‘The fact that this problem is complex can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing,’ the President said. ‘The fact that we can’t prevent every act of violence doesn’t mean that we can’t steadily reduce the violence and prevent the very worst violence. That’s why I’ve asked the Vice President to lead an effort that includes members of my cabinet and outside organizations to come up with a set of concrete proposals, no later than January. Proposals that I then intend to push without delay.’
The president spoke just five days after a lone gunman killed 28 people in Connecticut, including 20 first-graders, his mother, and himself.
The National Rifle Association appears to be on board. Late Tuesday it issued a statement saying it is willing to make meaningful contributions to make sure mass killings like the one in Newtown do not happen again.
Meanwhile, there were more funerals, including one for teacher Victoria Soto, called a hero for giving her life to protect her students.
But don’t think our country has a lock on school violence. Chinese authorities released surveillance video of a man who used a knife to attack 23 children and an 85-year-old man at a school the same day as the Sandy Hook shootings.
No one died in the attack, and police nabbed the suspect.
Since March, stabbings and hammer attacks in China have killed at least 21 people and injured about 90 others, with most of the victims being kids killed at school.
And this could be something the Biden panel might keep in mind, that guns aren’t the only weapons of mass murder.