December 22, 2012

Best Chance Yet For Effective Gun Control

WASHINGTON (AP) -US Vice President, Joe Biden, who is overseeing the administration's response to Friday's killing of 20 children and six adults at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school, said he and President Barack Obama are "absolutely committed" to curbing gun violence in the United States.

"Even if we can only save one life, we have to take action," he said.

A longtime gun-control advocate, Biden met Thursday with Cabinet members and law enforcement officials from around the country. He said he wanted to meet with the group, which included representatives of at least a dozen law enforcement organizations, because they "know better than anyone else what's needed out there."

It's encouraging to see that the administration is seeking out expert advice on how best to reduce gun violence in America.  President Obama has indicated he is prepared to take measures which will be effective even if they are unpopular.  In addition, some prominent gun-rights advocates on Capitol Hill - Democrats and Republicans alike - have expressed willingness to consider new measures.  wtop

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