President Barack Obama announced today that he's "asked the Vice President to lead an effort that includes members of my Cabinet and outside organizations to come up with a set of concrete proposals no later than January -- proposals that I then intend to push without delay."
After the mass shooting Connecticut today, Rep. Dennis Kucinich reiterated his support for a "Department of Peace."
"It is long past time that we take an organized approach to addressing the violence in our society and that is exactly what the proposal for a cabinet level Department of Peace is all about. We must reject violence and take an organized approach to averting violence," said the congressman in a prepared statement.
As a segue to talking about gun control in a speech at the National Urban League in New Orleans, Louisiana this evening, President Obama added context to the movie theater mass murder last week in Aurora, Colorado. " Every day, in fact, every day and a half, the number of young people we lose to violence is about the same as the number of people we lost in that movie theater," President Obama said.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg put his ignorance of the situation and the suspect to great use last night jumping to conclusions that might earn him a long-jump spot in the London Olympics if he decides not to put his dough toward a presidential run that year:
Where's the civility, I ask you? Was it not just this weekend that former President Bill Clinton warned that words have power, and that in voicing dissent, we should be careful not to get out of hand? And yet, here we have a group of protesters registering their discontent with the government within close physical proximity of the actual president of the United States.