Obama calls for 'concrete proposals' on gun control policy by January end
US President Barack Obama has called for 'concrete proposals' on curbing gun violence by the end of January, saying 'words need to lead to action'.
In remarks at the White House, Obama said Vice-President Joe Biden would lead an exploration of options after the mass shooting at a school in Connecticut.
There have been calls for gun law reform after 26 children and teachers died at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, the BBC reports.
Obama said that a 'majority of Americans' back changes to some laws, which include the renewal of an assault weapons ban, limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines and an end to loopholes allowing gun purchases with no background checks, Obama said.
He has urged Congress to hold votes on gun control measures when it reconvenes in the new year, the report said.
"If there is even one thing that we can do to prevent anyone of these events, we have a deep obligation - all of us - to try," he said.
"The fact that we can't prevent every act of violence doesn't mean we can't steadily reduce the violence," he added.
Obama has previously stated his support for a reintroduction without backing a specific move to do so before now.
Biden has decades of experience as a senator and analysts said that experience could be essential to getting any changes through Congress, which has been lobbied extensively on the issue by the National Rifle Association (NRA).
The vice-president's team will include members of the Obama administration, as well as representatives of outside groups, the report added.