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VIDEO: Edwards Discusses Gun Violence Measures

Oak Creek's police chief appeared on MSNBC a day after meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House to discuss gun violence measures.

A day after he met with President Barack Obama, Police Chief John Edwards appeared on MSNBC to talk about the meeting and the debate over gun violence.

Edwards told the network the president asked him and other police chiefs, including those from Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn., to be candid about what they thought.

The issue, Edwards said, isn't about "gun control," which tends to divide people. It's about stopping violence in general.

"The gun issue is so polarizing, a lot of people stop dead in their tracks when they hear that, and they hear nothing else," Edwards said. "And we don't get to the meat and potatoes of how to actually stop the violence."

Edwards doesn't think banning any particular type of weapon will stop gun violence—the problems start much earlier than when a person picks up a firearm, he said.

He also said some of Obama's executive orders (which can be found here) will help law enforcement. And several of them, like better access to mental health access, don't have anything to do with guns, Edwards said.

"We have to stop calling it 'gun control.' We're trying to control violence, and that has many different facets to it," he said. "There's mental health issues, there's databases we need access to, there's record checks that need to be done, there's reporting stolen weapons, doctors being involved in sharing information between schools, police, mental health professionals."

Oak Creek and other cities in which mass shootings took place last year have been in the center of the nationwide debate over how to address gun violence.

Mayor Steve Scaffidi met with Obama and Vice President Joe Biden Jan. 16.

vocal local 1 January 30, 2013 at 11:30 AM
Boy oh Boy, John Edwards position sure has went to his head effecting his ability to think as an American. FIRE HIM, fire him now and bring back Murphy if he is physically able. Brian is not a quitter or a switch hitter. He's a tough Mic that can administer fairly. Police and fire did not do us justice in replacing Chief Bauer.
Dale Hochevar January 30, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Aren't you the same person that posted these comments on the article yesterday about Lt. Murphy???? "Do you really think Brian Murphy acted heroically? I don't. I think he broke protocol per the Sikhs history of reported wolf cries assuming it was just another false alarm. His job was not to go to the aide of a victim leaving himself wide open to harm. Victim assist is the job of clean-up, his job was to id and confine the perp, Wade Page but the highly trained officer didn't now did he? In breaking protocol he left himself wide open and us, the residents hanging with the bills. OF course every police agency is responding to the temple shooting teaching what shouldn't be."
vocal local 1 January 30, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Yes I am. Do you think I am contradicting myself? How? Even Brian Murphy denied he was a hero.
Gerald January 30, 2013 at 06:40 PM
Brian Murphy humbly denied being a hero. He never said he broke protocol. He simply acted and did his very best, all but you respect that. Vocal Local 1 stop with the ignorance and arrogance. Your nonsense it too much!
vocal local 1 January 31, 2013 at 01:44 AM
I didn't say Brian Murphy admitted to breaking protocol. I said he broke protocol by going to the aide of a victim before a perp was contained. He is a highly trained officer, he did not do his best he got shot. When you remove the safety cage at work and get injured are you doing your best? This is ignorance? I'm not sure you understand. Are you sure your not evidencing ignorance by not acting as a responsible citizen and demanding transparency from your local government? I realize most often here in OC if you can get enough people to repeat it others believe it as gospel, try again..
Kelly January 31, 2013 at 06:25 AM
It's always the ones who don't put their lives on the line who have all the answers. Sit in your chair and talk. How about you putting on that uniform and let your family wonder if you are coming back from work tonight.
vocal local 1 January 31, 2013 at 09:27 AM
Kelly, your off track. The discussion is not about the risks of ones job. Further, in the most recent police death it was the family of the officer that made sure she didn't come home.

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