Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Mike Freeman appears in his latest Justice Minute video.
Wednesday, March 13
Editor's Note: The following was taken from a Hennepin County Attorney's Office newsletter. The issue of preventing gun violence is very personal for me, as it is for many of you. I recently recorded a video to talk about some of the ways we're working to address this problem at the Hennepin County Attorney's Office. I hope you watch it and share your thoughts. -- Mike Freeman *** Related: Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek endorsed legislation to reduce gun violence last week.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek joined lawmakers and Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association at the Capitol Wednesday.
Thursday, March 7
Editor's Note: The following is a Hennepin County Sheriff's Office press release. Wednesday, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek and the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association announced support for state legislation that would improve public safety by strengthening gun background checks and increasing punishments for repeat offenders. Sheriff Stanek and Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association Executive Director Jim Franklin joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers at the State Capitol in St. Paul to support the legislation authored by State Representative Debra Hilstrom of Brooklyn Center. The proposal would improve data sharing by providing the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) with the most current, accurate and complete …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
The District 46 legislator provides an update from the Capitol.
Thursday, February 14
Editor’s Note: The following legislative update comes from the office of Sen. Ron Latz (DFL-District 46). Hello Everyone, Policy committees are starting to hear bills as the finance committees are going through the Governor’s budget. Judiciary is one of the few committees (there are only 3) that are both policy and finance so we will have a very full and busy agenda. On the floor we ratified the State employee contracts and had a few more Commissioner confirmations. I have introduced the Prosecutor’s Package, a bill that will curb gun violence in our communities. S.F. 235 is a bi-partisan piece of legislation that has wide ranging support from the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association, Hennepin County Attorney’s Office and MPPOA. The House …
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
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 …
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Monday, January 28, 2013
Sheriff Rich Stanek and a handful of law enforcement leaders met with President Barack Obama at the White House to discuss mental illness and gun violence.
Editor's Note: The following is a Hennepin County Sheriff's Office press release. Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek and a handful of law enforcement leaders met with President Barack Obama at the White House Monday to discuss mental illness and gun violence. Sheriff Stanek began the meeting in by expressing concerns that he has raised in recent weeks in Minnesota. Among the comments he made in the discussion with President Obama: “Gun control alone will not solve the complex problem of guns and extreme violence,” said Sheriff Stanek. “We have an access problem. Individuals with severe mental illness should never have access to guns.” Sheriff Stanek was invited to attend the meeting because of his work as president of the Major County …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
He plans to investigate how authorities can prevent incidents like the Sept. 27 Accent Signage shooting.
Sen. Ron Latz (DFL-District 46) wants the Legislature to convene hearings on how authorities can get better information on people with signs of mental illness in order to prevent shootings like the Sept. 27 incident in Minneapolis in which six died, including shooter Andrew Engeldinger. “The Accent Signage tragedy was the largest workplace shooting in Minnesota,” a Monday news release quoted Latz, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee. “We need to ensure that people are safe at work, and don’t fear for their lives when they punch their time clocks or sit down at their desks. That means we need to be aware of potentially explosive situations and be able to better recognize the signs of mental illness, as …
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…