Dec. 19 - U.S. President Barack Obama taps Vice President Joe Biden to lead the effort to come up with proposals to address gun violence no later than January. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Vice President Joe Biden will lead an effort to craft policies to reduce gun violence in a plan by President Barack Obama amid calls for action after the massacre of 26 people, including 20 children, at a Connecticut elementary school. Obama has turned to Biden in the past to take a role in high-profile initiatives, including efforts on a deficit-reduction compromise with congressional Republicans in 2011. Biden's mission - to coordinate a strategy among government agencies in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut shootings - comes days after the mass murder that has generated a national outcry for greater efforts to stem gun violence. Friday's massacre was the fourth shooting rampage to claim multiple lives in the United States this year.