Obama asks Cabinet members for proposals to curb gun violence: “President Obama on Monday began the first serious push of his administration to attempt to reduce gun violence, directing Cabinet members to formulate a set of proposals that could include reinstating a ban on assault rifles. The effort will be led by Vice President Biden, according to two people outside the government who have spoken to senior administration officials since Friday, when a gunman killed his mother and rampaged through Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., killing 20 children, six adults and himself.” (Washington Post)

Room for Debate asks: Efforts to limit the sale and possession of assault rifles and multiround ammunition clips, or to require background checks and waiting periods for the purchase of guns, have been halted for years by fears that the powerful National Rifle Association would defeat any politician who proposed such measures. Polls showing falling support for gun control have reinforced those fears. But is the N.R.A. so powerful? And is public opinion against all restrictions? Would recent shootings like the one that killed 20 children in a Connecticut school on Friday strengthen the chance that such proposals could be adopted? (New York Times)

Gun lobbyist: Americans should be ‘prepared’ to take on elected officials with guns. (ThinkProgress)

A 9/11 for schools? “Let’s hope not. If the reaction to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School is anything like the reaction to Sept. 11, we’re in for a decade or more of frantic overreaction and wasteful, destructive policies based on the false promise of perfect safety,” writes Cato’s Gene Healy. (Washington Examiner)

Gun control ignorance: “Must every tragic mass shooting bring out the shrill ignorance of “gun control” advocates? The key fallacy of so-called gun-control laws is that such laws do not in fact control guns. They simply disarm law-abiding citizens, while people bent on violence find firearms readily available,” writes Hoover’s Thomas Sowell. (National Review)

CAP’s Larry Korb, Alex Rothman and Max Hoffman: How to cut $100 billion from the defense budget. (Politico)