Vice President Joe Biden is Obama's point man for a major gun control initiative, the first major legislative push of Obama's second term. PHOTO: Reuters
Vice President Joe Biden is preparing recommendations for gun control reforms in the U.S., and as part of this initiative, he is meeting with leaders of the National Rifle Association (NRA). The Washington Post reported that the Obama Administration may seek the support of gun retailers such as Walmart to help insulate them against the inevitable heavy pushback any efforts at gun control will receive from Republicans and gun rights advocates. This would be consistent with the Obama Administration's strategy on major initiatives from health reform to the fiscal cliff, when they have courted support from businesses effected by the initiative.
Biden's proposal may go beyond reinstating the assault weapons ban. His team is looking into a wide range of measures including more comprehensive background checks, mental health checks, stiffer penalties for carrying guns near a school and a comprehensive database to track gun ownership and sales.
“They are very clearly committed to looking at this issue comprehensively,” said Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, who has been involved in the discussions.
In addition to legislative proposals, Biden is also looking into measures that President Obama could enact without Congress. These could include federal mental health programs (please) and gun tracking efforts.