(CBS NEWS) -- With a self-imposed end of January deadline to come up with a
proposal regarding gun safety, Vice President Biden is accelerating
efforts of the White House task force on gun violence with a series of
meetings this week.
The president created the task force
shortly after the mass shootings in Newtown, Conn., last month. He
appointed Biden as the head of the task force and asked for
recommendations by the end of January.
from his long weekend in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Biden has numerous
task force-related meetings scheduled this week. He will meet with
officials of the video game industry and mental health experts, which
the president said are important factors to examining gun violence.
Additionally, Biden will meet with illegal gun opponents and pro-gun
groups, including the National Rifle Association, in an effort to seek
input and build consent for action, CBSNews.com has confirmed.
"We look forward to hearing from a variety of organizations," White House spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday.
President Obama has indicated that he wants Congress to reestablish
the ban on assault weapons, which expired in 2004, and limit the size of
magazines and expand background checks, including closing the gun show
loophole, which allows unlicensed sellers to sidestep checks.The task
force is also expected to look at broader efforts that might include a
national database and proposals that can be implemented without
congressional approval, the Washington Post reported.
has also been conferring with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg,
who is a vocal advocate for gun regulation. His group, Mayors Against
Illegal Guns, launched a TV ad Tuesday to pressure lawmakers to "stand up to the gun lobby."
Green, whose daughter was killed in the 2011 Tucson, Ariz., shooting
that injured former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., is highlighted in
the ad. "I have one question for political leaders, when will you find
the courage to stand up to the gun lobby? Whose child has to die next?"
The timing of the ad is intentional, not only
to keep the pressure on lawmakers to act in the aftermath of the
Newtown massacre, but because it is also debuting on the second
anniversary of the Tucson shooting.
Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, launched a new organization,Americans for Responsible Solutions, in favor of gun restrictions that
intends to "[match] gun lobbyists in their reach and resources," the
couple wrote in a USA Today op-ed.
When gun safety
advocates refer to the gun lobby, there are numerous organizations that
promote less gun regulation, but the most powerful is the National Rifle
Association, which has spent nearly $10 million since President Obama's
inauguration on lobbying activity, according to the Center for
Responsive Politics. That number doesn't include the more than $30 million
the NRA's political action committee and the organization's affiliated
political nonprofits spent to influence the 2012 presidential and
The NRA has proposed placing armed guards in schools to clamp down on shootings. It's a proposal the president has rejected.
efforts to maintain momentum on the gun issue, Senate Minority Leader
Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said over the weekend that Congress must
prioritize its early March deadlines around spending cuts and the debt
ceiling. "Clearly we will not be addressing that issue early, because
spending and debt are going to dominate the first three months," McConnell said Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation."