Memphis Mayor A C Wharton was among 16 mayors to meet with President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder at The White House Tuesday afternoon where they discussed strategies for reducing youth violence.
President Obama praised the mayors for their efforts to combat violence in their cities according to a White House account of the meeting.
The President told the mayors he would do everything he can to reduce gun violence. President Obama told the mayors two priorities are expanding: the background check system for gun purchases and going after gun trafficking.
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Obama said the mayors had a responsibility to create safe communities and save lives.
Reducing gun violence has been a top priority for Mayor Wharton since he launched his Memphis Gun Down campaign in January. The five-part initiative is the city's effort to reduce gun violence in the city through prevention and other strategies.
Mayor Wharton joined 15 other mayors across the country at Tuesday's meeting at The White House.