Biden: White House Intent on Guns

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A South Dakota gun shop.

Joe Biden, point man for the White House’s gun-control initiative, says failure is not an option.

“Every once in a while something raises the consciousness of the nation,’ Biden said today at a meeting in a White House annex with representatives of gun-safety groups, survivors of gun violence and families of gun victims.

“This is a problem that requires immediate attention,” Biden said. “The president and I are determined to take action… I want to make clear that we’re not going to get caught up in the notion that, unless we can do everything, were going to do nothing.”

And that could mean acting on their own for starters.

Biden said the White House is considering possible executive orders aimed at curbing gun violence.

Following the Dec.. 14 shootings at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders, six educators, the mother of the gunman and then the shooter himself, President Barack Obama appointed Biden to oversee a review of recommendations and issue a game plan by the end of January.


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