President Joe Biden just announced the creation of the Office of Gun Violence Prevention.
The White House revealed Biden's plan in a press release that it published on Thursday.
The press release states:
Tomorrow, President Biden will announce the establishment of the first-ever White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention to reduce gun violence, which has ravaged communities across the country, and implement and expand upon key executive and legislative action which has been taken to save lives.
Then, on Friday, Biden publicly announced the creation of the office during an event at the White House Rose Garden.
The Washington Post suggests that the impetus for the office's creation was "gun violence prevention groups."
The outlet reports that these groups have argued "that it would help coordinate efforts across the federal government to reduce gun violence" and that it would "allow the White House to exert more leadership on the issue."
This appears to be part of the purpose of the office, which Biden has created through executive action.
The president said the office would have four major functions, including expedited implementation of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which was passed last year with Democratic and Republican support, and expedited implementation of his executive actions on gun control, coordinating more support for victims after shootings "in the same way FEMA responds to natural disasters," identify new executive orders he can sign, and work with state and local partners to pass laws at that level.
It is all a rather long-winded way of saying that Biden is essentially going to try to use the office to pursue more gun control measures, measures which he and his fellow Democrats have been unable to get through Congress.
Biden has chosen Vice President Kamala Harris to lead the office.
Harris has yet to succeed at any of the big tasks that Biden has given her. The reader will likely remember what happened when Biden made Harris the border "czar." Harris, according to the polls, remains one of the most unpopular vice presidents in U.S. history.
In addition to Harris, the Post reports:
Greg Jackson, a gun violence survivor who is the executive director of the Community Justice Action Fund, and Rob Wilcox, the senior director for federal government affairs at Everytown for Gun Safety, are expected to have key roles in the office . . .
What these roles are remains unclear.
The Post adds that "the new office will report up through Stefanie Feldman, the White House staff secretary and a longtime Biden policy aide who has worked on the firearms issue for years . . ."