In an email to Minneapolis residents Wednesday, Mayor R.T. Rybak said the fight against gun violence on a local level is nothing new, while endorsing the Obama administration's push for proposals and congressional votes to curb gun violence on a federal level.
Here is a portion of Rybak's email:
We can't know what it is like for a small Connecticut community to come to terms with the mass shootings last week, particularly when so many of the victims were small children. But here in Minneapolis, the mass shootings at Accent Printing last September, other violent acts involving children, and so much more gun violence have taught us tragic lessons about how to try to bring peace to victims' loved ones.
We can't know what it was like for President Obama to stand before the families and the country when he appealed to address this insane violence on a deeper level. But sadly, I know very well what it is like for him to break down as he talked about violence as a leader and also a father.
Here's one thing we can know: If we see the aftermath of Newtown as one more moment when a violent act spurs no action — if we resign ourselves that nothing will happen — then, in fact, nothing will.
The only way I know of to make any sense of this senselessness is to turn every bit of our anxiety into action.
No one thing will stop inhuman acts of violence — if there was a single action that could suddenly make everything better, people would have done that a long time ago.
But in Minneapolis over the past several years, we have met tragedy with action of many different kinds. Much hard work is already underway here on many fronts. Rather than despairing that "nothing ever happens," let's finish this work and resolve to do even more.
Read the full message at http://themayorblog.com/2012/12/19/turning-despair-into-action-to-end-gun-violence/