Chief Villaseñor meets with President Obama to discuss gun violence
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor is in Washington D.C. for a series of meetings regarding gun violence.
Sgt. Maria Hawke tells KGUN9 that Chief Villaseñor is participating in the Major Cities Chief Conference. He is one of a group of police executives invited to the White House to meet with President Obama and Vice President Biden.
Chief Villaseñor is honored by the invitation and recognizes the great opportunity to discuss reasonable measures the nation can consider regarding the topic of gun violence in today's society, says Hawke.
In addition to the various police executives invited to participate in the meetings, other attendees include current Secretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and United States Attorney General Eric Holder.
The meeting focused on a general conversation concerning the opinions of law enforcement executives with respect to the issue of gun violence. A variety of points were raised, with a consensus centering on a need to maintain both a multifaceted and a reasonable approach.
Some of the main ideas discussed included the need for universal background checks, a general opposition to extended magazines in firearms available for public use, the need to consider mental health issues, and the desire of law enforcement executives to develop a mechanism for the purpose of recording any time a gun is transferred, lost, or stolen.
The attendees also discussed ways to come up with a more universal approach to address multiple aspects of violence, not just gun violence.