Updated: 01/16/2013 1:20 PM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart
Mayor Chris Coleman released this statement today in response to President Barack Obama’s gun measure proposals:
“I am encouraged by President Obama’s thoughtful and determined response to the continuing gun violence we see in our communities. The President’s proposals today will effectively address many of the areas lacking in our current gun laws, including universal background checks and bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips.
“There is no single factor that will reduce gun violence in our communities. Mental health care and societal perceptions of gun violence are very real contributing factors and must be dealt with. But we do a disservice to all those who have been killed, injured, or affected by these heartbreaking events by ignoring a major component of the problem.
“President Obama has my full support behind the proposals he unveiled today, and I urge both parties of Congress to come together and comprehensively address these issues that we can no longer afford to ignore."
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak was at the White House today for President Obama’s announcement of his comprehensive proposal to fight gun violence. Mayor Rybak said:
"As mayor of a community that has witnessed far too much gun violence, I’m deeply thankful to President Obama for his courage, which will make all communities safer. I'm especially encouraged by the President's proposal to eliminate barriers on the ability of federal and local law enforcement to work together to solve gun crime and trace where illegal guns come from.
“On behalf of so many people who grieve lost lives, I call on Congress to pass this legislation and save lives."