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Newtown school shooting: Obama launches push for gun control; Biden to spearhead effort

WASHINGTONPresident Barack Obama said his administration will come up with “concrete proposals” by next month to help stem gun violence in the U.S. and endorsed restricting military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips.

Words need to lead to action,” Obama said at the White House, where he announced that he’s putting Vice President Joe Biden in charge of developing a response to the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school that killed 20 children and six adults.

Obama said there is a growing consensus in the country for restricting high-powered weapons and urged Congress to hold votes on such measures early next year. He said that the administration’s review will include regulating firearms as well as the impact of mental health and cultural issues.

“The fact that we can’t prevent every act of violence doesn’t mean we can’t steadily reduce the violence, and prevent the very worst violence,” Obama said.

Obama said the Second Amendment to the Constitution guarantees the right of citizens to own firearms and that most gun owners abide by the law.

“I’m also betting that the majority, the vast majority of responsible law-abiding gun owners would be some of the first to say that we should be able to keep an irresponsible, law- breaking few from buying a weapon of war,” he said.


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