Mayor R.T. Rybak supports Obama’s gun control measures

Brian Arola

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak was at the White House Wednesday to support President Obama's announcements on measures to stop gun violence, according to a press release from the mayor's website.

In the press release, Rybak said Minneapolis has seen "far too much gun violence" and called on Congress to pass Obama's proposals.

"On behalf of so many people who grieve lost lives, I call on Congress to pass this legislation and save lives," he said in the press release.

On Thursday, Rybak said he supports Obama's calls for Congress to stand up to the National Rifle Association in an interview with Jansing & Co. on MSNBC.

"I don’t care what the NRA thinks, I care how to stop this," he said in the interview.

Rybak's trip to Washington D.C. came days after he announced his agenda for his final year in office, which included plans to combat gun violence.

Speaking from his office, Rybak said ensuring Minneapolis is a "safe place to call home" will be among his biggest focuses over the next year.

Rybak's plans to make Minneapolis safe include working towards both state and local legislation on guns and figuring out where the youth are getting their guns from.

Rybak and other members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns also lobbied Congress Wednesday to pass Obama's "proposal for common-sense reforms to America's gun laws," according to the mayor's press release.

Guns have been prominent on Rybak's calendar over the last couple weeks. Last week, he joined with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett to cohost a "Midwest guns summit," according to MinnPost.