The Drudge Report website responded with this display: “White House threatens ‘executive order’ on guns.” Pictured above were two notorious dictators from the 20th century, Adolph Hitler and Josef Stalin.
The Biden-led task force is the president’s response to the Dec. 14 massacre in Newtown, Conn., which left 20 first-graders and six school staff dead. The lone gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, had used weapons owned by his mother, whom he also murdered.
The mass shooting in Newtown put a range of issues on the table: access to weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, mental-health services, school safety, and law enforcement. The Biden effort’s goal is to think broadly across government agencies, consult stakeholders, then present recommendations to the president and Congress for quick action.
In Wednesday’s meeting, gun-control advocates agreed that the nation needs a new ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, a requirement that all gun purchasers submit to a background check, and improvements in law enforcement, according to news reports.
“There is a powerful consensus building in this country, which is reflected in the meetings of this task force,” Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said in a statement after the meeting. “We are having the conversation the American public wants us to have. Conversations are needed regarding assault weapons, high-capacity magazines, and changing social norms, as well as the very important need for comprehensive background checks – supported by an overwhelming majority of Americans, including gun owners and NRA members."