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Proposals Abound as Obama Creates Gun Task Force in Wake of School Shooting

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Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., wants to allow governors the power to activate National Guard troops who could replace police officers at their desk jobs to allow more police to protect schools. She also wants to increase funding for schools to install tip lines, surveillance equipment, metal detectors and other safety measures. Another component of her legislation would create a task force between the Justice and Education departments to develop new school safety guidelines.

Violence in Media

Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., is pushing a bill calling for a National Academy of Sciences study on whether violent video games and television programming lead to aggressive behavior in children or have lasting negative effects. He says the Connecticut shooting should prod action from Congress to stem children’s exposure to violent content.

National Commission

Sens. Joseph I. Lieberman, I-Conn., John McCain, R-Ariz., and Max Baucus, D-Mont., are backing the creation of a special commission to explore solutions to gun violence. But a commission likely would move more slowly than the interagency task force that Obama created to produce recommendations by January.

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