Obama meets police chiefs of shooting scenes

Updated 29 January 2013
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Obama meets police chiefs of shooting scenes

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama was meeting yesterday with police chiefs from the three US communities that saw the worst mass shootings of 2012, as his administration continues its push to address gun violence.
Obama was to meet at the White House with the police chiefs from Aurora, Colorado, where 12 were killed; Oak Creek, Wisconsin, where six died in an assault on a Sikh temple; and Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children and six adults were shot dead.
A White House official said representatives from the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the Major County Sheriffs Association will also participate. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the meeting publicly.
The Obama administration has been reaching out to gun owners for support as it tries to get Congress to act on proposals that include a ban on military-style assault weapons. Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein is pushing a measure that would prohibit 157 specific weapons and ammunition magazines that have more than 10 rounds, over objections from the nation’s largest gun-rights lobbying group, the National Rifle Association.
The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to take up the gun control proposals Wednesday.
In an interview with The New Republic that will appear in the Feb. 11 issue, Obama said he has “a profound respect” for the country’s long tradition of hunting and said it’s understandable that people are protective of it.
Obama said he’s fired a gun himself. “In fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time.”


US politician can’t meet with detainees due to pox outbreak

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US politician can’t meet with detainees due to pox outbreak

EL PASO/TEXAS: A US congressman says he was turned away from trying to meet with detainees from the southern border crisis because of a chicken pox outbreak at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington.
The Tacoma News Tribune reports that US Rep. Derek Kilmer, a Democrat, went to the prison Saturday after hearing that a number of migrants who were separated from their children after crossing the US-Mexico border were transferred there from another federal prison in SeaTac.
Kilmer said he had official tours set up at both facilities but that it was canceled due to protest-related safety concerns.
And when the congressman tried to visit three detainees during the regularly scheduled visiting hours on Saturday, he was told that they were all quarantined due to chicken pox exposure.