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Biden tasked with crafting gun laws
December 20, 2012 , 4 : 00 am GST
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: United States Vice-president Joe Biden will lead an effort to craft policies to reduce gun violence in a plan President Barack Obama was to lay out amid calls for action after the massacre of 26 people including 20 children in a Connecticut elementary school.
Obama was not expected to unveil policy decisions but outline how his administration will proceed, White House aides said. The move could signal that he will make the issue a second-term priority and add momentum to a national debate over tighter gun control laws.
Obama has turned to Biden in the past to take a role in high-profile initiatives, including efforts on a deficit-reduction compromise with congressional Republicans in 2011. The vice president will join Obama for the announcement in the White House briefing room at 1145 EST (1645 GMT).
Biden's mission — to coordinate a strategy among government agencies in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut shootings — comes days after the mass murder that has generated a national outcry for greater efforts to stem gun violence.
Friday's massacre was the fourth shooting rampage to claim multiple lives in the United States this year.
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