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First POST: Conclusions

BY Nick Judd | Friday, December 21 2012

Dear readers: First POST will be signing off until Monday, Dec. 31.

Straight to camera

  • In a two-minute, 49-second straight-to-camera video posted to YouTube, President Barack Obama responded to petitions relating to gun control posted to the White House's We the People online petitioning site.

    "I just wanted to take a minute today to respond and let you know, we hear you," Obama said, delivering what was perhaps the highest-profile administration response to a petition since using the first petition response to roll out measures related to student debt. Provided one doesn't count the one about the official White House beer recipe.

    Obama had previously announced that Vice President Joe Biden would lead a committee to produce recommendations on gun violence by next month. In the video, he voiced support for measures like an assault weapons ban and tighter regulations on ammunition.

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