Obama to Meet with Sheriffs and Police Chiefs to talk Gun Control


President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will meet with police chiefs and sheriffs from major cities about gun violence on Monday, a White House official said.

The president is holding the private event one day before launching his push for immigration reform, demonstrating the administration’s plan to press multiple policy goals simultaneously.

After weeks of meetings with various stakeholders in the gun control debate, Obama and Biden announced multiple legislative proposals aimed at curbing gun violence and 23 executive actions on guns and related mental health issues the president can take without congressional approval.

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From The Washington Post:

President Barack Obama will meet with police chiefs from three communities that have experienced mass shootings, part of his administration’s push to address gun violence.

Obama is drawing attention to the worst shootings of 2012, inviting the police chiefs from: Aurora, Colo., where 12 were killed in July; Oak Creek, Wis., where six died in a Sikh temple assault: and Newtown, Conn., scene of the most recent mass tragedy that left 20 first-graders dead.

A White House official says representatives from the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the Major County Sheriffs Association will also participate in Monday’s White House meeting.

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From the Star Tribune:

A White House official says representatives from the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the Major County Sheriffs Association will also participate in Monday’s White House meeting.

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From USA Today:

President Obama will seek to build support for his gun control plan Monday by meeting with local law enforcement officials — including those from three cities that have seen mass killings over the past year.

The chiefs of Newtown, Conn., Aurora, Colo., and Oak Creek, Wisc., will meet with Obama and Vice President Biden at the White House, according to an addition to the White House schedule.

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“The Major Counties Sheriffs Association”

(from their website)

The Major County Sheriffs’ Association (MCSA) is a professional law enforcement association of elected sheriffs representing counties or parishes with 500,000 population or more. We are dedicated to preserving the highest integrity in law enforcement and the elected Office of the Sheriff. Our membership represents over 100 million Americans.

MCSA works to promote a greater understanding of law enforcement strategies to address futures problems and identify law enforcement challenges facing the members of our organization. We are committed to advancing legislative issues that will enhance the safety of our communities.

MCSA also aggressively pursues the development of innovative education along with prevention and enforcement strategies and programs.

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And here’s a link to the page listing their member counties:



“The Major Cities Chiefs Association”

(from their website)

MCC was formed in the late 1960s to provide a forum for executives to share ideas, experiences and strategies for addressing the challenges of policing large urban communities. While the forum remains a primary purpose, as MCC has grown its purpose has expanded to include:
To influence national public policy on law enforcement matters
To enhance the development of current and future leaders
To encourage and sponsor research

MCC’s U.S. members are very active in advisory roles to the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, and are frequently invited to testify before Congress.

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