Obama, Biden Call On Congress To Help Reduce Gun Violence

Category: US Politics / Jan 28, 2013 3:43PM EDT
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with police chiefs from three U.S. communities scarred by mass shootings last year to talk about the administration's push to reduce gun violence on Monday (January 28). Newtown, Connecticut's police chief attended the meeting along with his counterparts from Aurora, Colorado, and from Oak Creek, Wisconsin, where six people were killed and four wounded at a Sikh temple in August. "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," he said. The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold its first hearing on Wednesday (January 28) on the measures. The National Rifle Association, the country's most powerful pro-gun lobby group, has vowed to try to defeat the plan, which it says would infringe on gun ownership rights protected by the U.S. Constitution.