In continuing his effort to gain support for gun control and mental health measures, President Obama gave a speech on Monday in Minnesota outlining his goals.
Before the speech, the president met with local leaders and law enforcement officials at the Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center. He delivered his public observations on gun violence at 2:30 p.m. ET.
The White House released an announcement about Obama’s trip that said, “Minneapolis is a city that has taken important steps to reduce gun violence and foster a conversation in the community about what further action is needed.”
Minnesota is known to be politically competitive and is home to many gun-rights advocates. However, there have been several discussions about gun control in the state since the Sept. 27 mass shooting at Accent Signage Systems in Minneapolis. The shooting left six dead.
Last month, the president revealed a package of proposals to curb the country’s growing gun violence. Since then, members of Congress have introduced some of those proposals as legislation, including bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazine clips. The White House continues a public relations campaign and listening sessions on the issue.
President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, who heads the White House’s gun task force, have been public advocates for universal background checks, mental health services and screenings, among other measures.
Gun control measures have been faced with opposition from the National Rifle Association and select gun rights advocates in Congress.