Washington - January 28, 2013

SOUNDBITE: President Barack Obama: "You know a couple of weeks ago I appeared along with Joe to present the administration's ideas in terms of steps that we have to take. And I issued a number of executive actions that could be taken unilaterally in order to prove our collection of data to make sure that we're coordinating more effectively with state and local governments and do everything that we could to improve the issue of gun safety and to make our communities safer. As we've indicated before, the only way that we're going to be able to do everything that needs to be done is with the cooperation of Congress. And that means passing serious laws that restrict the access and availability of assault weapons and magazine clips that aren't necessary for hunters and sportsman, responsible gun owners who are out there. It means that we are serious about universal background checks. It means that we take seriously issues of mental health and school safety. We recognize that this is an issue that elicits a lot of passion all across the country. Joe and my cabinet members who have been involved in this have been on a listing session over the past several months. No group is more important for us to listen to than out law enforcement officials. They are where the rubber hits the road. And so I welcome this opportunity to work with them to hear they're views in terms of what would make the biggest difference to prevent something like Newtown or Oak Creek from happening again, but many of them also recognize that it's not only the high-profile mass shootings that are of concern here, it's also what happens on a day-in, day-out basis in places like Chicago or Philadelphia where young people are victims of gun violence every single day.


President Barack Obama says he wants police from three communities that have experienced mass shootings and across the U.S. to help convince Congress to pass gun legislation.

Obama said no group is more important than law enforcement officals in the gun debate. He said he recognizes the issue "elicits a lot of passion all across the country" but that Congress will pay attention to police.

He urged Congress to pass an assault weapons ban, limit high capacity magazines and require universal background checks.