WASHINGTON (August 27, 2013)--President Barack Obama met Tuesday with 18 mayors to discuss ways to contain youth violence, quietly reviving an issue that once dominated the White House agenda.
The meeting was closed to reporters and none of the mayors discussed the session after emerging from the White House.
The White House said Mr. Obama praised local efforts to stem violence and told the mayors he would continue to seek measures that control gun violence through executive actions and by pressing Congress to expand a background check system.
Earlier this year, the Senate blocked an effort to broaden background checks.
The effort was prompted by the shooting rampage in December 2012 at a Connecticut school left 20 first-graders and six adults dead.