The Straits Times
Published on Dec 20, 2012

Obama wants gun policy recommendations in a month


WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - President Barack Obama directed a Cabinet group on Wednesday to give him recommendations by next month on ways to tighten the regulation of guns in the wake of the Connecticut massacre of schoolchildren.

Responding to national outrage over Friday's killing of 20 children, aged 6 and 7, Mr Obama held a White House news conference to announce that Vice President Joe Biden will lead an effort to craft policies to crack down on gun violence.

Mr Obama said he believed Americans would support the reinstatement of a ban on the sale of military-style assault weapons, a ban on the sale of high-capacity ammunition clips, and a law requiring background checks on buyers before all gun purchases, which would close a loophole that allows sales at open-air gun shows without such background checks.

Saying gun control cannot be the only solution to the problem, Mr Obama expressed support for making it easier for Americans to get access to mental health care - "at least as easy as access to a gun".