Newtown school shooting
December 19th, 2012
12:06 PM ET

Obama announces gun policy initiative

[Updated 12:06 pm ET] With the shock and horror from Newtown giving way to anger and calls for action, President Barack Obama announced Wednesday his first concrete steps in addressing the raging debate about gun policy.

Obama said that Vice President Joe Biden will lead an interagency process to develop policy in the wake of the Connecticut elementary school massacre.

Obama said he wants proposals on his desk quickly.

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  1. RW&B

    I'm just wondering when there will be a "Vehicle Policy Initative", and when the people will start going after car enthusiasts because of all the deaths vehicles cause? Maybe there will be a ban on vehicles being mfg for a few years as to not not cause unnecessary deaths or pollution!

    December 19, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I suppose that may happen the next time a car enters a school and slaughters 20 six and seven year-olds.

      December 19, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Wéll, I suppose that could happen the next time a car breaks into a school and kills a bunch of 6 and 7 year olds.

      December 19, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      Automobiles are primarily designed and used for transportation and when misused can cause death and injury. Guns are primarily designed and used to kill and disable things and whether they're misused or not... can cause death and injury.

      December 19, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill Lee

      @bansy
      That will happen when they ban weapons.

      December 19, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      Find a practical use for a gun besides killing people. A use for which there is no practical alternative.

      You can't, can you.

      December 20, 2012 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. RW&B

    Zoom........that's the sound of of my comment flying over you head!

    December 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      It's the same argument that people use all the time when the topic of gun control comes up.
      It's disengenuous to use that argument, because it's apples and oranges.
      I do not see the need for rapid-fire automatic weapons or assault weapons, but you clearly do.
      Whatever.

      December 19, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill Lee

      I don't see a need for, porches, ferrarri, maserati either since there's no place you can drive 170mph.

      Oh wait, cars don't kill
      Speed kills

      December 19, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      "Zoom........that's the sound of of my comment flying over you head!"

      Cute, but not accurate. It's just Orwellian doublethink on your part. Of course you don't notice it.

      December 20, 2012 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  3. canadian john

    The problem in the states is the people in the states. Its not gun control,government or "call of duty". Its stupid people having kids and raising them to be just as stupid as them. Simple.

    December 19, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mickey1313

      Agreed, for 3 generations now, the majority of american people are dumber than the last generation. Bring back child discipline and this would stop.

      December 19, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      Not exactly. There are stupid people and psychopaths in every country. We have plenty in Canada. The difference is that in the US, a psychopath can get lethal weaponry far more easily, and therefore kill dozens of people rather than one or two.

      December 20, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
    • canadian john

      Last time I checked there are a million different ways to kill someone.....not just guns...you could just as easily do that here in Canada. Mental illness or not.

      December 20, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • canadian john

      Plus what normal family goes to the nearby gun range after church on Sunday?...the mother is to blame as well

      December 20, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    An apt anology @ RW&B ??
    Good morning @banasy
    The time is for a sensible approach to sensible gun laws not ridicule efforts in that direction.

    December 19, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Portland tony

    Giving this gun control issue to Biden is just kicking the can down the road! Granted the President has a full pot of issues boiling now....I'm sure there are more qualified and respected non politicos to call on! This is not a political issue. This is an American problem!

    December 19, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hide Behindp

    Can one leave aside the fact that the Executive Branch is not supposed to legislate?
    That the holder of Office is not to dictate policy to Congress no matter the passions of the populace at large.
    The principles by which we are supposed to be governed under are no longer inforce nor enforced and remarkably the conditions today are the vert ones our founding originators warned against.
    This new state that is being emplaced uses emotions, manipulated emotional responses to become ever more seperate from the masses and gathering all future powers in its central body.

    December 19, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    Lets just hope that this issue doesn't turn into a political circus with NRA weighing in with their " meaningful contributions".

    December 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    @Portland tony@banasy
    Apt response to @RW&B's analogy.

    December 19, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Hide Behindp

    Sorry to pop the lib/pogessive bubble heads but it is the people with guns who are most apt to support government from civil unrest than the anti-firearm.
    It is not they the government are preparing to monitor and place under severe economic and social reorganizing that much like the spoiled brats began the occupy movement to get more from government than what goverent has to give.
    The number of "0fficialy Recognized" State Militia groupings is growing and they are under Homeland Security. Control as National Guard and regular State and Federal back up or Reserves.
    Mainly the ranks are filled by ex military and retired fed or state employees.
    They are toprotect the state in cases of civil unrest caused just possibly by this so called fiscal cliff and all the cuts ineconomic welfare programs to mainly the middle class.
    The mid to high middle are the most unstable and dependent upon fed assistance in nation, not the poor working class.

    December 19, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. *trijim

    It's just funny that when this all happened the rifle was found in his car, now it was the only firearm used. Huh, how soon we forget. Thanks cnn for changing the whole story.

    December 19, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Hide Behindp

    Media newspeak uses "gradualism" to manipulate populaces perceptions of an actual event that has political as well as vast social implications.
    Rapid hype and then gradualy they proportion truth into spin, as they did for the government during build up for Iraq war and then spun it slowly down into a far different reasoning forits being and in doing so protectthe miscreants and their bottom lines as well.
    No different than last women health issue or as in Lybia and domesticly Trevor Martin event.

    December 19, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Anders Behring Breivik (King of the Island)

    I wish there is something like the 2. Amendment in Norway

    December 19, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sylvi

      If you really ARE Anders Behring Breivik, in jail for murdering all those promising young people, then go to hell for it.
      If you are NOT him, then I think you are a mentally sick person, like he himself is.

      December 25, 2012 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  13. Name*marcos r

    Yeah, let's get rid of high power weapons!

    December 19, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Hello @ Mickeyl3l3, i agree young people today are awful disrespectful ! I know this stuff woulda been tolerated not for one minute by my parents, nor none of my friends parents!

    December 19, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Hide Behindp

    There is no. 2nd Amendment guarantee to owning any specific weaponry nor has the supreme court ruled against the right to own a weapon but added government can restrict as to type.
    Original intent has no bearing today as there is no longer a populace of a mindset that formed this nations founding principals.
    The populace has decided they want a more european style of social ordering.
    OWNING a wespon is still necessary for personal defence as there is a populace who cannot take personal responsability to defend themselves and many just willing to use and abuse them.
    Any government will suit them as they also have no independent will.

    December 20, 2012 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
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