Kansas City Mayor Sly James met with President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder and other mayors from around the country Tuesday afternoon.
The topic: strategies to reduce youth violence.
The mayor said the president asked him to start the dialogue.
Said James: “I’m looking forward to future conversations and learning about successful, data-driven programs that reduce violence in other cities. Collaboration and information sharing will help us get closer to where we want to be - a peaceful, safe community.”
The White House issued this statement:
“The President reiterated that government alone can never fill the void that causes a child to turn to violence, but that we all have a responsibility to do our part to create safe communities and save lives.
“The President applauded the mayors for their local efforts to combat violence, solicited their input about proven methods, and pledged his Administration’s partnership.
“He also vowed to continue doing everything in his power to combat gun violence through executive action and to press Congress to pass common-sense reforms like expanding the background check system and cracking down on gun trafficking.”
One more thing: On Tuesday night, James planned to attend White House reception in honor of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.