Obama Touts Gun Control in Minnesota

Posted at: 02/04/2013 6:57 PM
By: Brianna Long

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- President Obama took the gun control talks outside of Washington for the first time since announcing his proposals just a few weeks ago.

Monday, the President spent the afternoon in Minneapolis, listening to law enforcement, and rallying support for his gun control plan.

Part of the reason the President chose Minneapolis is a recent spike in gun violence among young people in the city. He also noted how the Minneapolis Police Department has worked to lower those acts of violence, by 40 percent.

Greeted by members of law enforcement from across the state of Minnesota, President Obama made his message clear.

"Its time to take some basic common steps to reduce gun violence," said Obama.

Those steps include universal background checks for anyone buying a gun, banning military-style assault weapons, and banning high-capacity magazines.

"No law or set of laws can keep our children completely safe. But if there's even one thing we can do, if there's even one life we can save... we've got an obligation to try," said the president.

The president also highlighted the role of law enforcement plays in the fight against gun violence.

"They're the ones on the front lines of this fight. They see the awful consequences. The lives lost, the families shattered. They know what works, they know what doesn't work, and they know how to get things done," said Obama.

In order for many of the president's proposals to become law, they must first pass the house and senate. So the president is looking for support of the American people to help get things done.

"The only way we can reduce gun violence in this country is if the American people decide its important. Everybody who is listening, keep the pressure on your members of congress to do the right things," said Obama.

Just before the president gave his remarks, he met with a group of people that included lawmakers, and even the US Attorney General. But also part of that group was family members of the victims of the Accent Sign shooting that happened in Minneapolis back in September. All of those people are pushing for some sort of change in gun laws.