President Obama will likely take executive action in an effort to tamp down the recent rash of gun violence, Vice President Biden said Wednesday.
â€œThe president is going go act,â€ said Biden, who is conducting meetings all week on gun control. â€œThere are executive orders, executive action that can be taken. We haven’t decided what that is yet, but we’re compiling it all.â€
He said last month’s Newtown, Conn., tragedy â€” which took the lives of 20 elementary school children â€” â€œtouched the heart of the American people so profoundlyâ€ and â€œrequires immediate, urgent action.â€
It is unclear what specific executive orders Obama is contemplating, though one Democratic aide with insight into the talks said Obama could sidestep Congress and bolster federally funded mental-health programs.
Biden sat beside Attorney General Eric Holder as he met at the White House with gun-control leaders, including the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence, along with victims of gun violence, including survivors of the Virginia Tech University shooting and the stepfather of a victim in last summer’s Aurora, Colo., shooting.
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