CNN Radio News Day: December 19, 2012
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) announces the creation of an interagency task force for guns as Vice President Joseph Biden listens in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on December 19, 2012 in Washington, DC.
December 19th, 2012
04:33 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: December 19, 2012

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • Today President Obama took the first steps to deliver on a promise made to Newtown, Connecticut  and the nation last Sunday to use "whatever power" he has to prevent shootings like the massacre of 20 school children at Newtown's  Sandy Hook Elementary School.  He has asked Vice President Joe Biden to lead an administration effort to develop recommendations, no later than January, to prevent another tragedy like the school shooting, which also left six adults dead:

" This is not some Washington commission. This is not something where folks are going to be studying the issue for six months and publishing a report that gets read and then pushed aside.  This is a team that has a very specific task to pull together real reforms right now", the president said.


After Newtown, Illinois faces new gun control challenges
Pistols for sale at Rinks Gun and Sport in suburban Chicago. An appeals court has ordered that Illinois loosen its gun control laws at a time when many states are trying to tighten them.
December 19th, 2012
02:33 PM ET

After Newtown, Illinois faces new gun control challenges

By Nova Safo, CNN

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Chicago, Illinois (CNN) –  Just days before the Newtown shooting, a federal appeals court struck down the last remaining state-wide ban on carrying concealed weapons. The ban in Illinois violated a 2008 Supreme Court decision, the federal appeals court said, which affirmed the right to have a gun for self defense.

In striking down the law, the appeals court ordered lawmakers to rewrite law to allow for concealed carry. Barbara Flynn Currie, the Democratic majority leader in the Illinois State House, is feeling the pressure to find a solution fast.

[1:00] “At the end of six moths, if there’s nothing there, I don’t know how you interpret this opinion than to say that people then don’t have to get permits, don’t have to worry about concealing, they can just wander.”

This is not the conversation Currie wants to be having after Newtown.


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