Oakland Leaders Want Help to Stop Flow of Guns
Oakland city leaders are looking for ways to stop a continuing wave of shootings around town. They're looking for outside help to keep guns out of the city.
Four people were shot and killed in Oakland last Friday, and 11 more were wounded over the weekend.
On Monday the mayor, police chief and two city council members responded with a press conference in front of a mural for a three-year-old, killed in a drive-by shooting in 2011.
Beyond promises of more cops, and help from county, state and federal agencies, Mayor Jean Quan said part of the solution is out of the city’s hands.
“So many of these guns were not sold in Oakland," Quan said, "not probably even sold in the state of California. We’ve got to stop these guns from coming into our cities."
Quan is one of many local officials who’ve communicated with Vice president Joe Biden, as he plans to recommend changes to gun laws that can be made by both Congress and the President.