Reporting John McDevitt
By John McDevitt
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey has plenty of experience and knowledge of gun violence. His expertise has earned him an invitation to Washington as part of President Obama’s new panel to curb gun violence in the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn. massacre.
Police commissioner Charles Ramsey will first meet with Vice President Joe Biden. He is expected to meet the full panel on Friday.
“If you don’t do something strong after 6 and 7-year-old kids, 20 of them are slaughtered in a classroom then I give up cause I don’t know what hell else will get your attention I just don’t know.”
President Barack Obama is asking the team led by Vice President Biden to offer “concrete proposals” to curb gun violence no later than January, in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre.
Mayor Michael Nutter says the commissioner will bring good information and god support to the effort.
“Vice President Biden knows Police Commissioner Ramsey very well as Commissioner Ramsey, of course, was police chief in Washington D.C. and worked with him at that time when the Vice President was in the senate,” Nutter said. “We are very pleased and very honored.”