- Posted February 4, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Gun control debate: Background checks
Obama kicks off gun control effort in Minneapolis
President Obama came to Minneapolis, MN today to talk about gun control and his plan to ban assault-style weapons and to enforce universal background checks for gun buyers. The President gave a 15 minute speech at the Minneapolis Police Department's Special Operations Center in North Minneapolis, an area that has suffered much gun violence over the years.
Obama supporters were outside of the facility holding signs supporting the President's gun control initiatives. Tom Moran, from Fenton, MI and his friend Ed, from Detroit, MI drove the 10 hour car trip from Michigan to Minneapolis to show their signs and talk to people about gun control issues. They were also urging others to call Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., giving the phone number out to passers-by, telling them to call in support of President Obama's plan. Moran, who has worked as a government employee as a mailman for several years, took two of his vacation days just to make the trip out to Minneapolis to support the President and new gun control legislation.
"Change is only going to happen if we speak up and get in touch with the legislators," said Moran.