President Obama visits Mpls to discuss gun violence

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MINNEAPOLIS - The continuing discussion about reducing gun violence in America brought President Obama to Minneapolis.

Obama visited the Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center to lay out his agenda and discuss with local leaders and law enforcement officials his plan to reduce gun violence.

President Barack Obama is pressing for a ban on military-style firearms and for universal background checks for gun buyers, taking his case directly to the public amid divisions over the proposals in Congress.

Obama says the measures to limit access to some weapons or to require a check of criminal histories during weapons purchases are common sense measures that have support of the public.

But he says: "We don't have to agree on everything to agree it's time to do something."

Before his remarks Monday, Obama held a roundtable discussion at the Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center, speaking with law enforcement and community leaders.

On hand for the President's remarks were Governor Mark Dayton, Vice-President Mondale, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, Senators Klobuchar and Franken, community leaders and activists and members of law enforcement agencies.

The White House says Minneapolis is a city that has taken important steps to reduce gun violence and foster a conversation in the community about what further action is needed. In fact, Minneapolis Mayor R-T Rybak, Police Chief Janee Harteau and Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek were recent guests in Washington D.C. as leaders from across the country met to discuss gun policies.


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