Vice President Joe Biden tapped for gun control task force

President Barack Obama appointed Vice President Joe Biden to lead a task force to find ways to reduce gun violence in the wake of the massacre in Newtown, Conn., that claimed the lives of 26 people, including 20 young children at Shady Hook Elementary School.

The Biden task force is expected to look not only at gun control proposals, but also focus on mental health and cultural issues.

Obama recognized the difficult debate to come over the Second Amendment right to gun ownership, but he also endorsed congressional proposals to reinstate the ban on military assault rifles and a growing consensus to ban large-volume ammunition magazines and clips. 

“We may never know all the reasons why this tragedy happened,” Obama said of the Newtown shootings.

“We do know that every day since, more Americans have died of gun violence,” Obama said, at the White House, adding; “And if there is even one thing that we can do to prevent any of these events, we have a deep obligation – all of us – to try.”

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Gary Martin

One Response

  1. David Nicholls says:

    The importance of growing inequality in society as a cause of violence seems to have been ignored by both sides in this debate* America seems to be getting more violent the more hierachical it gets.

    By contrast the Temiar or Semai of Mayalsia are thought to be some of the most peace and egalitarian peoples in the world, they use rifles (&/or blow darts) for hunting, there doesn’t seem to be single case of gun murder.

    For young males in particular who feel ever more insignificant in the face of the ever more awesome and stellar “achievements” of elites in society violence may seem like the only way to compete for dominance (especially when they’re relentlessly told a gun will make them the world’s greatest hero by the “enterntainment” industry). This is not quite as fanciful it sounds, if we were chimps mindless violence could make a young male the alpha with a harem.

    Closely related is the proven fact that inequality dramatically increases stress for those at the bottom , which increases mental illness.

    I would speculate that if guns were completely banned and “loosers” had no way of hurting others they would simply resort to self-destruction through risk taking, addictions, suicide, the net blood on the hands of hierarchical society might be exactly the same.

    Obviously there need to be limits placed on the destructive power of weapons & who can get them as the democrats (in particular) are saying but I don’t see this as more of a symptom than cause.

    *(E.G.,It has been found that the more inequality in a society the more formal and informal terror called the Hierarchy- Terror Principle (Sidanius, Pratto. Social Dominace p219-20)