US President Barack Obama has said that he wants a new White House-led effort on gun policies to come up with proposals in the next month so that he can discuss them in his annual State of the Union address in January.
He was joined for the press conference at the White House by Vice President Joe Biden who will lead the effort.
The US President is very clear in his intentions to introduce changes: “This is not some Washington commission. This is not something where folks will be studying the issue for six months and publishing a report that gets read and then pushed aside. This is a team that has a very specific task. To pull together real reforms right now. I urge the new congress to hold votes on these measures in the new year in a timely manner.”
Obama did not announce any major policy decisions, but he is aware of the desire for change in the country. Several pro-gun lawmakers have spoken out against the need for high-capacity assault weapons. Stores like WalMart and Dick’s Sporting Goods have stopped selling similar weapons to the one used at Sandy Hook Elementary School. And several states are now considering arming teachers.