Vice President Joe Biden is set to meet with the National Rifle Association, illegal gun opponents, officials from the video game industry, and experts in mental health in an effort to push forward the actions of the White House established task force on gun control.
President Barack Obama has already stressed the importance of examining the areas of videogames and mental health with relation to gun violence in the United States. However, CBSNews.com confirmed that Biden will also meet with illegal gun opponents and pro-gun groups, including the National Rifle Association (NRA).
The NRA is just one of many gun rights groups the Vice President will meet with in an attempt to reduce gun violence.
Following the Newtown massacre in Connecticut, which saw 26 people gunned down by an assault rifle in an elementary school last December, the Obama administration and the NRA have been particularly at odds. In reaction to the shocking shootings the NRA lobbyist group suggested that armed guards be placed on school grounds to protect the children from gun violence. The president said he was “skeptical” about their idea.
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The Newtown tragedy, which included the slaughter of 20 children, prompted President Obama to ask his VP Biden to come up with a range of ideas to curb gun violence. The task force has a self imposed deadline of the end of January. President Obama will unveil these ideas in his annual State of the Union Address.
The president has said new gun control measures will be brought into place during the first year of his second term as the President of the United States.
The task force is examining legislation that would ban assault rifles. They are also looking at the role of violent movies, videogames and the availability of adequate mental health services in preventing violent gun crime.
As part of the task force, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will meet with mental health and disability advocates. Also Education Secretary Arne Duncan is slated to meet with parent, teacher and education groups.