WASHINGTON – Vice President Biden pledged Wednesday that President Obama will bypass reluctant Republicans in Congress and take executive action to curb gun violence, prompting a full-blown fit from conservative gun rights backers.
Biden heads a White House task force set this month to release proposals in response to the Newtown shooting. He told reporters before a Wednesday meeting with gun violence victims and gun control groups that Obama will not let Republican resistance prevent action.
“The president is going to act. There are executives orders, there’s executive action that can be taken,” Biden said. “We haven’t decided what that is yet.”
Biden said Obama will also offer legislative proposals.