Vice President Biden held the first meeting of the White House’s gun-violence working group on Thursday, convening law enforcement officials and Cabinet secretaries for a meeting at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

Biden said the group would work to find “a comprehensive way in which to respond to the mass murder of our children that we saw in Connecticut.” He said he felt it was important to launch the effort with a “frank” discussion among those who saw the aftermath of gun violence on a daily basis.

“You have a much more holistic view about how to deal with violence on our streets and in our country,” Biden added.