GUN LAWS: President Calls For Review
President Obama is calling for a full review of U.S. gun laws in light of the shooting in Connecticut.
At a press conference on Friday he said, “the fact that this problem is complex can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing. 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.”
Prevention will involve a new task force led by Vice President Joe Biden.
By next month Biden and members of the President’s cabinet will create a list of proposals they believe will reduce gun violence.
President Obama says he also supports a ban on assault rifles and expanded background checks.
Iowa Senator Charles Grassley says guns are just the start, and that lawmakers need to look at a long list of issues to reduce gun violence.
“This problem will never be solved just by a gun issue, we’ve got a cultural problem here, we’ve got a mental health problem here, and we’ve got a problem of a breakdown of families.”
Grassley says he applauds the President for creating a task force to study all of the problems behind gun violence.