Police chiefs meet with Obama on mass shootings
The president is meeting the police chiefs from Aurora, Colorado, Oak Creek, Wisconsin, and Newtown, Connecticut.
By Nedra Pickler
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says he wants police from three communities that have experienced mass shootings and across the U.S. to help convince Congress to pass gun legislation.
Obama said no group is more important than law enforcement officals in the gun debate. He said he recognizes the issue "elicits a lot of passion all across the country" but that Congress will pay attention to police.
He urged Congress to pass an assault weapons ban, limit high capacity magazines and require universal background checks.
The president spoke as he met at the White House with the heads of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, the Major County Sheriffs Association, members of his Cabinet and chiefs that responded to the worst shootings of 2012 in Aurora, Colorado, Oak Creek, Wisconsin, and Newtown, Connecticut.
Copyright 2013 Associated Press
Copyright Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Recommended for you
Join the discussion
PoliceOne top 5
- ND bill protects drivers who negligently hit protesters obstructing traffic
- Slain Fla. officer's patrol car vandalized
- Video: Calif. police fatally shoot man, face wrongful death lawsuit
- Minn. lawmakers chart new course in response to OIS protests
- Trump hosts LE at White House, pledges support for police