Vice President Joe Biden, tasked by President Obama to determine a path forward to resolve the nation’s gun crisis by the end of January, in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, today opened his White House commission on guns by stating the President is prepared to act, and those actions may include an executive order as well as legislation.
“The president is going to act,” the Vice President said. “Executive order, executive action that can be taken, we haven’t decided what that is yet. But we’re compiling it all with the help of the attorney general and all the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action, we believe, is required.”
Talking Points Memo notes:
Biden is scheduled to meet with gun owners and representatives of the National Rifle Association, the country’s powerful gun lobby, on Thursday.
Mark Glaze, director of Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns, told TPM last week that Biden’s taskforce may present its recommendations to the President even earlier than expected.
“We had been led to believe their report would come by end of January, but we’re hearing they may want to have something out by January 15, even quicker than expected,” he said.
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