President Obama meets with law enforcement to discuss gun safety

President Obama meets with law enforcement to discuss gun safety

President Obama meets with law enforcement to discuss gun safety

In recent months, the U.S. has been the site of many mass shootings, from an incident in an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater on July 20, 2012, to the tragedy that unfolded at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012. Not all individuals who hold law enforcement jobs have had to respond to shootings on the level of the tragedies in Aurora and Newtown, but that does not mean they underestimate the importance of gun safety.

Someone else who understands how deadly powerful firearms can be is President Barack Obama, who has made reducing gun violence a major focus of his second term.

The Obama Administration’s stance on guns
According to the White House’s website, Vice President Joe Biden presented Obama with his policy proposals for reducing gun violence across the nation. Biden’s plan details ways in which legislative action could ban assault and high-capacity magazines, provide more people with access to mental health services, increase school safety and prevent dangerous weapons from falling into the wrong hands.

Unfortunately for the president, Congress has not been as eager to pass Obama’s legislation. This, in turn, has pushed him to seek help from those who understand the importance of new gun laws.

Obama turns to law enforcement for help
On January 28, 2013, Obama looked to gain support from law enforcement officials from several parts of the country. Both the president and vice president met with police officers, chiefs of police and sheriffs from Aurora, Colorado; Newtown, Connecticut; and Oak Creek, Wisconsin, as well as representatives from the Major Cities Police Chiefs and Major Counties Sheriffs’ organizations, according to a White House press briefing.

During the meeting, which was held at the White House, Obama urged law enforcement to pressure lawmakers into taking action. While he recognizes that this issue is one that people nationwide have strong opinions on, he said it is important to listen to what members of the country’s police force have to say, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“If law enforcement officials who are dealing with this stuff every single day can come to some basic consensus in terms of steps that we need to take, Congress is going to be paying attention to them and we’ll be able to make progress,” said Obama, as quoted by the news outlet.

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