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Chiefs From Mass-Shooting Towns Meet With President Obama

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President Barack Obama says he wants police from three communities that have experienced mass shootings and across the country to help convince Congress to pass gun legislation.

Obama said no group is more important than law enforcement 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.

Here is a full list of meeting participants, according to the White House:

·         Sheriff Larry Amerson, Calhoun County, AL

·         Police Chief Chris Burbank, Salt Lake City, UT

·         Police Chief John Edwards, Oak Creek, WI

·         Sheriff Paul Fitzgerald, Story County, IA

·         Sheriff Douglas Gillespie, Las Vegas, NV

·         Police Chief Janeé Harteau, Minneapolis, MN

·         Police Chief Michael Kehoe, Newtown, CT

·         Police Chief J. Thomas Manger, Montgomery County, MD

·         Superintendent Garry McCarthy, Chicago, IL

·         Police Chief Daniel Oates, Aurora, CO

·         Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, Philadelphia, PA

·         Sheriff Richard Stanek, Hennepin County, MN

Meanwhile, the father of a 6-year-old victim of the Newtown elementary school shooting says Connecticut's existing gun laws need to be more strictly enforced and the nation needs a return to civility.

Mark Mattioli appeared Monday before a legislative subcommittee reviewing gun laws in the wake of the Dec. 14 massacre, which left 20 first-grade students and six educators dead. Mattioli's son, James, was among the children killed.

Mattioli says he believes in "simple, few gun laws" and that there are "more than enough on the books."

But he said they're not being properly enforced.

Mattioli received a standing ovation.

Hundreds have turned out to testify at the hearing. A line stretched outside as the public waited to pass through a metal detector at the Legislative Office Building entrance.  (AP)


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