President Barack Obama discussed on NBC’s Meet the Press with David Gregory what his administration is doing to prevent further gun violence like that seen on Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children and six adults were gunned down. While the president said he will weigh all options, he said he is skeptical of the National Rifle Association’s suggestion of “more guns” as a primary solution.
Before Christmas the NRA introduced a plan called the NRA’s National School Shield Program, which includes but is not limited to placing an armed guard in every school in the U.S. The weekend after the announcement spokesmen for the gun lobby appeared on Sunday morning news shows including Meet the Press and CBS’s Face the Nation to give more insight on the plan.
Obama, on the other hand, has said that he would support a new Assault Weapons Ban, like the one introduced in 1994 and expired in 2004.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said that she will be introducing a new AWB on the first day of the new congress, or tomorrow. Unlike the first AWB, the new AWB is said to be more restrictive by limiting external features and expanding upon the definition of an “assault weapon.”
In addition to voicing support for an AWB, the president has put together a Gun Violence Task Force headed by Vice President Joe Biden. The new Task Force is intended to draw up recommendations for congress on how to curb gun violence. The group will look at gun control laws, ways to increase mental health resources and consider steps to keep society from glamorizing guns and violence.