Obama Taps Biden To Go After Guns

From USA Today:

President Obama appointed Vice President Biden on Wednesday to lead an effort to develop new policies to combat gun violence.

"We have a deep obligation -- all of us -- to try" and end gun violence, Obama said at the White House. "This time, the words need to lead to action."

Obama added: "It won't be easy, but that can't be an excuse not to try."

The president said this is not your "typical Washington commission." Obama said Biden will complete his work in a month, and that the horror of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting should remain vivid in so short a time.

Obama said he picked Biden because of his experience in the Senate, including a major role in the 1994 crime bill that included an assault weapons ban that lapsed in 2004.

The president said he believes in the Second Amendment, and he is betting that hunters and gun enthusiasts will support common sense restrictions. "An unbalanced man should not be able to get a military-style assault weapon," he said.

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