Today, President Obama is expected to announce that Vice President Biden will head an "interagency group" to handle gun control policies. According to the Washington Post, "White House officials say the eventual package of proposals will likely include some new restrictions on guns, particularly assault rifles, and high-capacity magazines. But they say it will also likely involve measures that touch on mental health initiatives and, perhaps, a discussion on the depiction of violence presented in popular culture."

The President was assertive in his remarks at Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children and six educators were killed at an elementary school, declaring, "No single law, no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society, but that can’t be an excuse for inaction. Surely we can do better than this."

Obama and Biden will be present for an 11:45 a.m. press conference. While no policy decisions will be revealed, the Wall Street Journal notes that Biden "could be essential to getting any changes through Congress, as he has decades of experience as a senator and is often Mr. Obama's go-to person when the president seeks to build support on Capitol Hill."

And The Caucus recalls that "as a senator, Mr. Biden was one of the leading advocates of crime legislation in 1994 that included a ban on assault weapons. The ban generated a furious backlash among gun rights advocates who helped bring down the Democratic Congress in midterm elections later that year. The ban then expired in 2004 with barely a protest as Democrats remained skittish about the issue."