On Dec. 19, 2012 in the immediate wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, President Barack Obama appointed Vice President Joe Biden to head up a task force to propose efforts and recommendations for gun legislation that would help stem the tide of the recent and epidemic mass shootings. Obama asked for those recommendations by this January.
Today it was announced that the National Rifle Association accepted an invitation to meet with the Vice President’s task force to help discuss ways to curb gun violence. That face-to-face between the NRA and Joe Biden is expected to occur this Thursday according to FOX News.
The NRA ended a weeklong silence following the Newtown shootings when executive vice president of the NRA, Wayne LaPierre, proposed a program that would train armed guards and have those guards in place in every school.
Although that proposal wasn’t taken seriously by some, some school districts have already deployed armed volunteers and an increased police presence in and around their schools.
Today, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney reminded the media that President Obama remains "skeptical that putting more guns in schools would solve this problem."
Carney went on to say that Obama wants to "close the many loopholes in our background check system" and that he "supports congressional actions right away."
With the Newtown massacre being the worst day in his presidency according to the president, it’s obvious that President Obama wants to act quickly on Biden’s task force proposals.
The president already has called on Congress to reinstate a ban on military-style assault weapons, close loopholes that allow gun buyers to skirt background checks and restrict high-capacity magazines.
For more on the NRA’s statements following the Sandy Hook shootings, see the video accompanying this article.
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