President thanks law enforcement, calls for stricter gun laws

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CHICAGO—President Barack Obama flew back to Washington this morning after spending the night in his home in Kenwood home.

The president addressed the International Association of Chiefs of Police at McCormick Place on Tuesday.  Obama called on Congress to pass universal background checks on gun sales and stricter gun laws amid a spike in violent crime this year. He said he can't honestly tell grieving families that the U.S. has done everything possible to keep their loved ones safe.

Obama says police officers are too often scapegoated for broader failures in society and the criminal justice system.

He thanked law enforcement officers for their contribution to cutting the crime rate.   He said he rejects any narrative that seeks to divide police and the community they service. He said he'll spend the remainder of his time in office and as a private citizen working on improving police-community relations.

While in Chicago, Obama attended two Democratic Party events as well as the Chicago Bulls home opener at the United Center.


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