Obama's Visit to MinnesotaPresident Obama visits Minnesota to discuss his plans for getting gun violence under control.
By: Mikaela Rogers Ziegler, Sibley Scribe
President Obama was in the Twin Cities area on Monday, February 4, to speak about his gun control initiative. Minneapolis is the first city on his “tour” to promote “common sense” solutions to gun violence.
Mr. Obama spoke with the Minneapolis Police Department, which has had great success in recent years in reducing gun violence in the city. Obama is promoting a ban on assault weapons, similar to ban that had been implemented in 1994 but was allowed to expire in 2004. Similarly, he wants to ban high-capacity magazines similar to what was used at the Aurora, Colorado theatre shooting back in July of last year. He also wants more extensive background checks for people who wish to purchase firearms from gun shows, where a background check when purchasing a weapon is not necessary. He was also generally increasing public support as well as support from law enforcement for his proposals.
This is the first time the president has traveled outside of Washington to discuss gun control, and many wondered why he came as far as Minnesota. Minnesota is a known as a Democratic state, but many people saw it as just a stop on what will be a long trail promoting gun control. Minneapolis is a sensible first destination seeing as its officials have taken steps to significantly reduce gun-related murders by 40 percent in recent years, something the president vehemently praised. “When it comes to protecting our children from gun violence, you’ve shown that progress is possible; that 40 percent means lives saved,” he said.
Ever since the Sandy Hook elementary shooting talks of stricter gun regulations have been in full swing, but so have gun supporters’ efforts to counter them. In fact in Minnesota alone, gun sales have been up due to gun owners’ fears that stricter regulations will soon be implemented. This is, of course, the opposite of what people pushing for gun regulations want. But whether one is a second amendment diehard or a proponent of mass gun control, people on both sides of the debate can agree that something must be done to combat the increased amount of deadly shootings we have been seeing.