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Obama agenda: Seeking action on guns

“Declaring the time for action overdue, President Barack Obama promised on Wednesday to send Congress broad proposals in January for tightening gun laws and curbing violence after last week’s schoolhouse massacre in Connecticut,” AP writes.

The head of the NRA, Wayne LaPierre, will be on Meet the Press this Sunday.

AP: The assault weapons ban “and other U.S. gun laws wouldn’t have prevented his mother’s purchase of the powerful assault rifle or the especially deadly ammunition that he used to kill 26 people. A generation of U.S. gun laws — and the inherent compromises intended to balance constitutional gun rights and public safety — reflects the intricacies of applying government policy to stem acts of mass violence.”

USA Today: “President Obama's new call for proposals to deter gun violence — and his pledge to push those proposals through Congress — sets up the prospect of an intense debate over gun rights and the Second Amendment next year.”

“Cerberus Capital Management founder Stephen Feinberg’s father lives in the Connecticut town where 26 schoolkids and staffers were slaughtered with a Bushmaster — and the dad, Martin Feinberg, said the massacre was ‘devastating,’” the New York Daily News writes. (The Daily News, by the way, is running an online petition drive to ban assault weapons.)

“It makes sense that President Obama would choose Joe Biden to craft new policies to address gun violence,” USA Today writes. “The vice president is a longtime advocate of stricter gun control measures and was the architect of the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act that temporarily banned assault weapons. During his time on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which he chaired from 1987 to 1995, Biden focused primarily on crime legislation.”

“Obama is scheduled to take off for his family's annual holiday vacation to Hawaii on Friday, but aides on Wednesday told reporters that they would be surprised if it works out that way for the president, as fiscal cliff talks have gridlocked,” per USA Today.

The president gets a 52% approval in a new CNN poll.