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Oak Creek police chief joins White House meeting on gun control

President Barack Obama met with 13 local law enforcement officials at the White House this morning -- including Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards -- to discuss gun control issues.

Edwards was joined by officials from a number of large cities such as Philadelphia, Minneapolis and Salt Lake City, but also by leaders from other communities marred by mass shootings over the last couple of years -- including chiefs from Newtown, Conn., Aurora, Colo., and Tuscon, Ariz.

Also participating in the meeting, according to a pool report, were Vice President Biden, Attorney General Eric Holder, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Biden Chief of Staff Bruce Reed.

"No group is more important for us to listen to than our law enforcement officials. They are where the rubber hits the road," Obama said in remarks prior to the meeting in the Roosevelt Room. "And so I welcome this opportunity to work with them; to hear their views in terms of what will make the biggest difference to prevent something like Newtown or Oak Creek from happening again."


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