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Obama turns to police officers in gun control fight

Published on Jan 29, 2013 6:28 AM
US President Barack Obama (C) convenes a meeting in the Roosevelt Room with representatives from the Major Cities Chiefs Association and Major County Sheriffs Association to discuss the common-sense policies the President put forward last month that would reduce gun violence in communities across America at the White House in Washington, DC, January 28, 2013. -- PHOTO :AFP

WASHINGTON, Jan 28 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama turned to law enforcement on Monday for support in his push to tighten gun laws, meeting at the White House with police chiefs from cities scarred by mass shootings and calling for more officers nationwide.

Mr Obama, who has made stricter gun control measures a top policy goal for this year, reiterated his desire that lawmakers pass measures he recently unveiled to curb gun violence, including an assault weapons ban and universal background checks for gun purchases.

The meeting was the latest in a series of discussions that Mr Obama is using to try to build political support for tighter gun control after 20 young children and six adults were killed in December by a gunman at a school in Newtown, Connecticut.

Newtown's police chief, Michael Kehoe, attended the meeting along with his counterparts from Aurora, Colorado, where 12 people were killed and 58 wounded in a mass shooting at a movie theater last July, and from Oak Creek, Wisconsin, where six people were killed and four wounded at a Sikh temple in August.

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