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President's Task Force



On December 19, five days after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, President Obama announced that Vice President Biden will lead a task force charged with identifying concrete proposals for reducing the country’s epidemic of gun violence. “We know this is a complex issue that stirs deeply held passions and political divides,” the President said at a press conference at the White House. “There’s no law or set of laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence in our society. We’re going to need to work on making access to mental health care at least as easy as access to a gun. We’re going to need to look more closely at a culture that all too often glorifies guns and violence. And, any actions we must take must begin inside the home and inside our hearts. But, the fact that this problem is complex can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing.” Secretary Duncan is among the Cabinet officials serving on the task force, along with Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. The President is demanding recommendations no later than this month. “This is not some Washington commission,” he stated. “This is not something where folks are going to be studying the issue for six months and publishing a report that gets read and 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 2013] in a timely manner.” FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE GO TO

. (Note: The President’s initial statement on the shooting is available at

, and his remarks at the interfaith prayer vigil for the victims and their families is available at  )

Source:  U.S. Department of Education Weekly Digest Bulletin 1/3/13


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