Washington has a new gun czar and his name is Joe Biden. President Obama will announce the creation of a gun control task force headed by his vice president today. Yesterday the Washington Post reported Obama has asked his cabinet members for gun control ideas. The new task for will be responsible for coming up with new ways to control firearms and although the specifics aren't clear, you can bet semi-automatic weapons will be the target.
President Barack Obama is launching an administration-wide effort to curb gun violence.
Obama is tasking Vice President Joe Biden, a longtime gun control advocate, with spearheading the effort. In remarks from the White House on Wednesday, Obama will outline a process for pursuing policy changes following the school shooting, though he is not expected to call for specific measures.
The White House sees some urgency in formulating a policy response to the shooting, even as Obama and his top aides are consumed with averting the "fiscal cliff" before tax hikes and spending cuts take effect in January. The incident has prompted several congressional gun rights supporters to consider new legislation to control firearms, and there is some fear that their willingness to engage could fade as the shock and sorrow over the Newtown shooting eases.
Remember, Joe Biden was also in charge of making sure there wasn't any waste, fraud or abuse in the stimulus package. This should go really well.