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President announces task force to stop gun violence

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President Obama has appointed Vice President Biden to head up the effort.

In the days after the shooting massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, the President announced a task force headed up by the Vice President Joe Biden will come up with an immediate plan to fight gun violence.  Biden's new role is rooted in his experience as a U.S. Senator with writing and shepherding into law the 1994 Crime Bill and chairing the Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees criminal justice issues.

Biden will oversee the formulation of new policies aimed at reducing gun violence and preventing mass-shootings like the one that took 26 lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School, administration officials said.  He will work directly with the departments of Justice, Homeland Security, Education and Health and Human Services to draft an action plan.

The President says the task force will have a plan submitted by January.

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