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President Visits Upper Midwest to Talk Gun Safety

PHOTO: President Obama will make a stop in Minnesota today to pitch his plans for reducing gun violence.
PHOTO: President Obama will make a stop in Minnesota today to pitch his plans for reducing gun violence.
February 4, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The debate over gun safety resumes today, as President Obama takes his plans outside of Washington, D.C., for the first time, with a visit to Minnesota. The president will meet this afternoon with law enforcement officials in Minneapolis, the scene of a deadly workplace shooting last fall. Six were murdered, including the father of Sami Rahamim, who said the issue goes well beyond the mass shootings that make the news.

"Big cities - Minneapolis, Detroit, Philadelphia, Chicago - experience something more like slow-motion mass murder. People are being killed in single-victim, multiple-victim shootings on a daily basis. Thirty-four Americans are killed every day."

Those opposed to any type of gun restrictions contend their rights are protected by the Second Amendment and that the proposals will do little to actually solve the problems surrounding gun violence. However, Rahamim said, there is much that the nation can be doing better to prevent gun violence, without infringing on the rights of gun owners.

"People, when they see the label 'gun control' on something, they turn away," he said. "Well, we're not looking for gun control. We're looking for reasonable solutions to reduce gun violence. There's a lot of stuff there that people would agree on, if only they would take the time to look and have the discussion."

Last Sept. 27, Andrew Engledinger was fired from his job at Accent Signage and then went on a shooting rampage, killing six before turning the gun on himself.

The president's package of proposals is available at

John Michaelson, Public News Service - TN