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Biden Calls On Law Enforcement For Help On Gun Violence



 Police chiefs helped develop innovations such as community policing and drug courts and they have a comprehensive view of how to approach gun violence.

-Vice President Joe Biden

Vice President Joe Biden met with cabinet officials and law enforcement representatives today in Washington, D.C., to convene the first meeting of President Obama’s gun violence task force.

He said he wanted to meet with the group, which included representatives of at least a dozen law enforcement organizations, because they “know better than anyone else what’s needed out there.”

The task force, which was created in the wake of the tragic shootings at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school, has been charged with generating actionable policy ideas to prevent or reduce the incidence of gun violence in America.

Police chiefs helped develop innovations such as community policing and drug courts, Biden said, and they have a comprehensive view of how to approach gun violence.

Gun-control measures have faced fierce resistance in Congress for years, but that may be changing because of the events in Connecticut, which shocked that nation. After the shooting, Obama signaled for the first time that he’s willing to spend significant political capital on the issue. Some prominent gun-rights advocates on Capitol Hill — Democrats and Republicans alike — have expressed willingness to consider new measures.

Obama on Wednesday tapped Biden to lead an informal task force on gun violence and set a January deadline for the recommendations. The group is considering changes such as reinstating a ban on military-style assault weapons, closing loopholes that let gun buyers skirt background checks and restricting high-capacity ammunition clips.