Minn. shooting victim: expand background checks
MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) – The only wounded survivor of a mass shooting at a Minneapolis workplace and Mayor R.T. Rybak are calling on Rep. Erik Paulsen to help pass a bill requiring background checks on all gun sales.
John Souter and Rybak appeared at an event in Minnetonka, in Paulsen’s district, on Thursday to urge the Republican congressman to vote for universal background checks.
Souter was injured in the September 27th shooting at Accent Signage Systems, in which six people were fatally wounded before the gunman committed suicide. The killer passed an FBI background check and bought his gun legally.
Paulsen says he’s been meeting with law enforcement leaders, mental health professionals and others to find solutions for gun violence, including fixing holes in the existing background check system.