Sami Rahamim, a St. Louis Park High student and the son of slain Accent Signage owner Reuven Rahamim, spoke to CNN on Wednesday about gun violence and meeting with President Barack Obama.
Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison invited Rahamim to attend Tuesday’s State of the Union as part of an effort to step up pressure for tighter gun control laws. Each member of Congress gets to bring just one guest to the House gallery during the speech.
Reuven Rahamim, 61, died Sept. 27 when an employee who had just been fired took out a gun and shot Rahamim and other Accent employees. Andrew Engeldinger then shot himself. Six employees and the gunman died as a result of the shootings that day.
Sami Rahamim told CNN that he supports proposals such as background checks, an assault weapons ban and a prohibition on high-capacity magazines.
“We have a serious problem—an epidemic—of gun violence in our country,” he said. “I believe that I can honor my dad’s memory and the others who have fallen to the plague of gun violence if we act and introduce and pass measures that will effectively reduce this epidemic.”
Check out the full interview in the video above.