Monday, February 25, 2013
Sheriff James Stuart posted a statement on his role and questions of gun control on Facebook Monday.
Anoka County Sheriff James Stuart posted this statement on Facebook Monday afternoon: The role of the county sheriff and gun control: Across our great nation, there has been a great deal of discussion about gun control and the role of the county sheriff. As sheriffs, we hold a unique position as the only elected chief law enforcement officers. The sheriff is the sworn protector of the citizens of the entire county. We report solely to the citizens who have elected us. This is an honor that is affirmed through an oath of office. By taking this sacred oath, I have given my word to support, defend, and obey the Constitution of the United States of America and the State of Minnesota. ... Because of this unique enforcement role, county sheriffs…
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The SLP student, whom 5th District Rep. Keith Ellison invited to the State of the Union, said he supports limits on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
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 …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Video clip from an online news channel segment with Fridley Patch's local editor, on the president's Feb. 4, 2013 visit to Minnesota to discuss gun violence.
Editor's note: HuffPost Live invited me on their live webcast Monday afternoon to talk about President Obama's appearance in north Minneapolis. If the video clip doesn't appear above, you can see it at HuffPost Live.
The Hennepin County Sheriff spoke during a roundtable discussion with President Barack Obama in Minneapolis Monday.
Editor's Note: The story below is a Hennepin County Sheriff's Office press release. Today, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek joined Minneapolis residents and law enforcement leaders in a roundtable discussion with President Barack Obama to discuss guns and extreme violence. Among the reasons for President Obama’s visit was to highlight why Minneapolis and Hennepin County have sustained overall reductions in violent crime in recent years and to look for solutions to further reduce gun violence. As a strong supporter of the 2nd amendment, Sheriff Stanek talked about how the problem is one of access. “Gun ownership isn’t a privilege, it’s a right guaranteed by the Constitution,” said Sheriff Stanek. “We have an access problem; people …
Watch archived video via The UpTake as President Obama addresses gun violence at the Minneapolis Police Special Operations Center in north Minneapolis.
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Here's what people are saying on Twitter about the president's visit to Minneapolis Monday on the theme of gun violence.
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Friday, February 1, 2013
The President will speak a mile away at the Minneapolis Police Special Operations Center in north Minneapolis—not at the MPD's Emergency Training Facility in Fridley.
President Obama will visit the Twin Cities Monday, but his one stop announced so far won't quite be in Fridley. You're forgiven if you thought he might be headed to Fridley. KSTP-TV reported Thursday the president will speak on the topic of gun violence at the Minneapolis Police Special Operations Center. That facility is in north Minneapolis. A different Minneapolis police facility with a somewhat similar long name is located in Fridley: the Minneapolis Police Emergency Training Facility. Still, the Minneapolis Police Special Operations Center at 4119 Dupont Ave. N. in Minneapolis is very close to Fridley's southwestern corner, where the Minneapolis Police Emergency Training Facility at 25 37th Ave. NE opened in 2010. For the record, …
Friday, September 28, 2012
With five dead after a workplace shooting in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood, we're wondering how Twin City area residents feel about gun ownership vs. public-safety concerns.
Editor's note: This is an update of a poll that first appeared this summer, after the Aurora, CO, movie theater shooting. The massacre at Columbine High School. The shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The violence at Virginia Tech. The rampage at a theater in Aurora, CO. And now, the Twin Cities area has a tragedy of its own: The Thursday afternoon deaths of five people, including the shooter—apparently a man who had just lost his job at the firm where the violence took place. Incidents of gun violence often dominate the news, and after every such incident, the debate begins anew: Should federal and state governments make it more difficult for people to get their hands on guns? The issue tends to divide Americans right down the middle; in…