Sami Rahamim to Attend State of the Union With Keith Ellison

The son of slain Accent Signage owner and St. Louis Park resident Reuven Rahamim is supporting a push for tighter gun control measures.

Rep. Keith Ellison has invited Sami Rahamim, a St. Louis Park High student and the son of slain Accent Signage owner Reuven Rahamim, to join him for the president’s State of the Union address Feb. 12, Ellison announced at a gun violence forum Thursday in Minneapolis.

The 5th District representative and four other Democratic U.S. representatives had earlier urged their colleagues to use the speech to step up pressure for tighter gun control laws by inviting someone hurt by gun violence to the address. 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.

After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, Rahamim's son,  to join Mayor Michael Bloomberg and others in an effort to end gun violence.

“Sami suffered a tragic lost. Yet he has stepped forward to make a difference in our community and our nation and I will be proud to have him as my guest at the State of the Union,” a news release quoted Ellison. “I hope Samir’s voice and activism will prevent another child from losing a family member to gun violence.”

As co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Ellison led a resolution calling for three gun safety provisions:

  • “Banning the sale of military-style assault weapons as well as high-capacity magazines or clips that can hold more than 10 bullets at a time;
  • “Requiring all gun buyers to pass a criminal background check, no matter how they purchase the weapon; and
  • “Supporting the availability and funding of mental health and substance abuse treatment so individuals have sufficient access to these services, as well as enhanced mental health services for children.”


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