Monday, February 4, 2013
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 …
President called on voters to pressure their legislators to pass gun control measures.
Speaking to a crowd of local dignitaries and law enforcement officers on Monday, President Barack Obama called on voters to pressure Congress to act on curbing gun violence. "We've suffered too much pain to stand by and do nothing," he said. "We don't have to agree on everything to agree it's time to do something," he added. What did the Twin Cities think about Obama's visit on social media? Adopting universal background checks, banning military-style assault weapons, limiting ammunition magazines to 10 rounds, and putting more police officers on the street are "common sense," bipartisan measures to reduce gun violence, the President said. He also repeated other proposals to expand access to mental health care for young people. Several gun…
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Sunday, February 3, 2013
President Barack Obama will visit Minneapolis on Monday to meet with law enforcement and community members to discuss gun control measures nationwide.
President Barack Obama will visit Minneapolis on Monday to meet with local officials about gun violence, less than two months after the December shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT that claimed the lives of 20 children and six school staffers. The day trip will be the president’s first one outside Washington to discuss his “common-sense” plan to combat gun violence, introduced on January 16 and reiterated a few days later in his weekly video address to the nation (see above). The visit follows his promises to heavily involve communities in tackling this issue. “Everything we do combines both a legislative strategy with a broad-based communications and outreach strategy to get people engaged and involved, so that it's not …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Mike Freeman suggested some fixes to state law that would keep guns from people he thinks shouldn’t have them.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, Sen. Ron Latz (DFL-District 46) and Rep. John Lesch (DFL-District 66B) are pushing for five changes to state law that they say would keep guns from people who shouldn’t have them. At a press conference Thursday, Freeman spelled out the following recommendations included in the legislation that’s been introduced: Watch the three men speak about the proposal in the video above. Hearings on the proposal are scheduled for next week in the House and the end of February in the Senate.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The 5th District representative liked the speech’s comments on income equality, gay rights and other issues.
Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison is praising the progressive values he heard in President Barack Obama’s second inaugural address. “As the co-chair of the Progressive Caucus, it is my considered opinion that this was a progressive speech,” Ellison said Monday on The Ed Show. “It was a speech that any progressive could say, ‘That’s what I’m talking about.’ I found myself spontaneously cheering in the middle of the speech. It was the kind of speech that just made me feel really good because it combined our common humanity, combined our need for economic fairness, combined the idea that better days our coming if we will step up to meet them.” Ellison particularly noted the president’s focus on income inequality, programs like Social …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The first newsletter of the new year from Hennepin County Attorney's Office.
Editor's Note: The following is a newsletter from Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman. As County Attorney Freeman says, "We are privileged to serve the people of Hennepin County. Thanks for your trust and support. Every day we will strive to do justice and do us all proud." Here is an excerpt from the Community Justice Update, which we send out a few times each year: 2012 was a good year in the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office. The media has informed the public about our big cases, however, plenty of other work has gone on quietly in the office and I wanted to share with you how we are doing in our efforts to improve. Firearms and Domestic Violence About 70 percent of domestic murders are committed with guns. Working with the …
Friday, January 4, 2013
With so many challenges on the table, Patch wants to know what issues you think are most important.
With another legislative session just around the corner, senators and representatives have no shortage of challenges ahead of them. Lawmakers plan to convene hearings on gun control in the wake of the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT. They’ll review a recommendation from a governor-appointed task force to increase gas taxes and tab fees in response to a projected $50 billion shortfall in transportation funding. The DFL majority and defeat of the marriage amendment in the 2012 election could even prompt the Legislature to take up the issue of gay marriage. And looming over everything is a projected $1.1 billion deficit that legislators will have to close before adjourning for the year. With so many issues on the …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Sheriff Rich Stanek reminds citizens not to hesitate to call 911.
Editor's Note: The following is a release from the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office. The effects of the events in Newtown, Connecticut have been felt nationwide. People throughout the country – along with people here in Hennepin County – are reviewing public safety information – especially as it relates to schools and campuses. As you may know, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office works in partnership with local law enforcement and school administration on the important public safety goal of keeping schools secure. This week, and in the coming days, the law enforcement community has been increasing their visibility near schools across Hennepin County with additional squad cars and uniformed officers and deputies in an effort to reassure …