WOODBURY - President Barack Obama has announced that he is launching an effort to curb gun violence in the wake of the Newton, Conn. massacre.

Vice President Joe Biden will head the effort to reduce gun violence. Biden, Cabinet members and department heads will explore the possibility of policy changes and re-examine the country's current gun laws.

Obama has directed the panel to come up with a set of proposals no later than January. While he didn't call for specific measures, he says a majority of Americans want to ban military-style weapons and require background checks for all gun purchases.