MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (KTTC)-- President Obama made his way to Minneapolis earlier this afternoon to campaign on his new agenda, in the city that white house officials say is "a model" for what other cities should be doing.
President Obama took the stage among a backdrop of police officers and sheriff's deputies saying, "Their the ones on the front line of this fight."
With gun control laws dividing congress, "We don't have to agree on everything to agree we need to do something."
President Obama laid out his recent gun control proposal, requiring universal background checks for all gun sales, banning military style assault weapons and limiting ammunition magazines. "If we still had a 10 round limit the Gunman who shot Gabby may never have been able to inflict 33 gunshot wounds in 15 seconds."
He wants to more effectively attacking the root of the problem by making access to mental health treatment easier for everyone.
Before Obama made his way to the podium he sat in a more private setting with groups of people who have been directly affected by these tragedies. Mayor R. T. Rybak says, "He listened for one hour to people who have been victims of violence and who are out there doing the work and he promised that he'll get some laws changed in Washington and the upstream work here."
Obama is calling on all Americans to push for more restrictions on gun use. "If teachers and pastors, hunters and sportsman...Americans of all backgrounds stand up and say this time it's got to be different. We've suffered too much pain to stand by and do nothing."
This is president Obama's first gun control campaign stop outside of Washington and it comes just before the Minnesota Legislature kicks off their three days of what will likely be controversial talks on gun control issues and possible new proposals.
A subject that will no doubt face an uphill climb with lawmakers "I think it's harder then heck," Mayor Rybak, who has been very vocal in supporting Obama's recent proposal, says banning assault rifles will be the toughest sell among the presidents proposals, but only sees that as a small obstacle. "Politics is hard, but it' a lot tougher to live with some of the things these people have lived with and we as political people require to deliver for them. "
President Obama says he wants to move fast before it's too late, "We're not going to wait until the next Newton or the next Aurora...we're not going to wait until after we lose more Americans all across the country."
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