WASHINGTON (WKOW)-- President Obama will meet with police chiefs from three communities that have experienced mass shootings, as 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 Oak Creek, WI, where six died in a Sikh temple assault; Aurora, CO, where 12 were killed in July; and Newtown, CT, the scene of the most recent 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.
Vice President Joe Biden, Attorney General Eric Holder and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will attend.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the meeting publicly.
WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- President Obama met with police chiefs from three communities affected by mass shootings over the past year, including the Oak Creek police chief.
Other members of the law enforcement community were also at the White House meeting on Monday.
President Obama is seeking input on gun violence, with the aim of preventing future mass shootings, as he pushes Congress to pass meaningful gun control measures.
"The only way that we're going to be able to do everything that needs to be done is with the cooperation of Congress, and that means passing serious laws that would restrict access and availability of assault weapons and magazine clips that aren't necessary for hunters and sportsman, and those responsible gun owners who are out there," President Obama said.
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.
"This is a representative group," the president said. "It comes from a wide cross-section of communities across the country, and, hopefully, if law enforcement officials who are dealing with this stuff every single day can come to some basic consensus in terms of steps we need to take, Congress is going to be paying attention to them and we'll be able to make progress.
In attendance at the meeting Monday were the chiefs from Oak Creek, where six died in a Sikh temple assault; Aurora, Colorado, where 12 were killed in July; and Newtown, Connecticut, the scene of the most recent tragedy that left 20 first-graders dead.
Vice President Biden, Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano also attended.