Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, along with the cities of Minneapolis and Milwaukee, are co-hosting a daylong Regional Gun Summit in Minneapolis this Thursday.
The Regional Gun Summit, which has been one year in the planning, brings together mayors, police, prosecutors, state and federal law enforcement, policy makers and advocates from cities and suburbs around Minnesota, Wisconsin and the upper Midwest, as well as national researchers and experts, to share information, best practices, common opportunities and challenges in the fight against gun violence and illegal guns.
The summit will mark the first time this broad cross-section has gathered to tackle this issue face-to-face. The event has been planned for a year, so it's not a reaction to the recent mass shootings in Colorado and Connecticut.
Also, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is planning to make a bold move in his State of the State address Wednesday night. Cuomo is pushing New York to become the first state to enact major new gun laws in the wake of the massacre in Newtown, Conn. He plans to propose one of the country's most restrictive bans on assault weapons.
Are we going to see more of that across the country and is that possible in Minneapolis?