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Obama to press for policy changes after shooting

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 19, 2012 at 7:29 a.m.

— President Barack Obama is launching an administrationwide effort to curb gun violence, underscoring the growing political consensus over tightening gun restrictions after the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school.

Obama is tasking Vice President Joe Biden, a longtime gun-control advocate, with spearheading the effort.

In remarks from the White House on Wednesday, Obama will outline a process for pursuing policy changes after the school shooting, though he is not expected to call for specific measures.

The president has vowed to use “whatever power this office holds” to safeguard the nation’s children after Friday’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. Twenty children and six adults were killed at the school by a gunman carrying an arsenal of ammunition and a high-powered, military-style rifle.

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