Obama Names Task Force for Gun Law Changes
President Obama has named Joe Biden to lead a new task force on gun violence.
Obama said Wednesday that he supports the Second Amendment, which guarantees the right to bear arms, and highlighted the nation’s strong tradition of gun ownership. Yet, he said, the country’s leaders need to find ways to keep “weapons of war” out of the hands of the irresponsible few.
“There is a big chunk of space between what the Second Amendment means and having no rules at all, and that space is what Joe’s going to be working on to try to identify where we’ll find some common ground,” Obama said.
He added, “If we’re going to change things, it’s going to take a wave of Americans — mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, pastors, law enforcement, mental health professionals and, yes, gun owners — standing up and saying enough on behalf of our kids.”
Obama said he tapped Biden to lead the administration’s efforts in part because of his role during more than three decades in the Senate as a leading advocate of gun legislation.
Biden helped author the 1994 crime bill, which included an assault weapons ban.
The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 became effective on September 13, 1994 when it was signed by President Clinton. It was the first Omnibus Crime Bill to be passed by Congress since 1988. Here's what else it did.
From the Obama-Biden 2008 Urban Policy Plan:
Address Gun Violence in Cities: Obama and Biden would repeal the Tiahrt Amendment, which restricts the ability of local law enforcement to access important gun trace information, and give police officers across the nation the tools they need to solve gun crimes and fight the illegal arms trade. Obama and Biden also favor commonsense measures that respect the Second Amendment rights of gun owners, while keeping guns away from children and from criminals. They support closing the gun show loophole and making guns in this country childproof. They also support making the expired federal Assault Weapons Ban permanent.
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