President visits upper Midwest to talk gun safety
JOHN MICHAELSON, Tennessee News Service
Posted: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 11:22 am
The debate over gun safety resumed this week, as President Barack Obama is taking his plans outside of Washington, D.C., for the first time, with a visit to Minnesota.
Obama 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.
On Sept. 27, 2012, 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.
"Big cities - Minneapolis, Detroit, Philadelphia, Chicago - experience something more like slow-motion mass murder," Rahamim said. "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 of the Bill of Rights 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."
To read more about what Obama is proposing, visit www.whitehouse.gov.