Jansing and Co | February 04, 2013
>>> any minute the president is expected to take off. we told you he's headed to minnesota to talk about his plan to remake the nation's gun laws . there's air force one there. here's why he picked minneapolis . that city has made huge strides on violence and this " usa today " article highlights the turnaround. want to bring in mayor of minneapolis , who is also vice-chair of the democratic national committee . always good to see you.
>> good to see you.
>> so the nickname of minneapolis as you know, used to be called murder-opolis, violence peaking in 1985 when the city saw 99 murders. in 2011 , crime hit a 30-year low. based on what you know so well here, what can the president and the nation learn from what minneapolis has done?
>> well, the president will be listening to the minneapolis model and some of the people he'll hear from are j.d. smith , who's part of a group that goes out on every homicide and tries to keep the peace and stop retaliation. a cop who started bike cops for kids, who starts relationships with kids. mary johnson , whose own son was killed, yet she befriended the person who killed him to try to build peace. there's a lot that's gone on in communities but the minneapolis model also needs more federal action and that's why we're so proud the president is not only coming to minneapolis but has been willing to lead.
>> what kind of action do you need?
>> we need universal background checks , no question about it. we need limits on assault weapons and clips and things that would force a shooter in a horrible incident to reload. that moment of reloading saves a life. my god, if 20 kids in a school went to 18, it would be a massive disaster but those are two lives that would be saved. how can harry reid , a fellow democrat and i'm willing to criticize him, say he hasn't read the bill? dianne feinstein has been a mayor, she was there at a shooting, she put her finger in a bullet hole. she knows why we need this action. this is an emergency. let's knock off the washington baloney and support the president and get things done.
>> what do you want to say to harry reid ?
>> i want to say to him that i respect him on a whole lot of levels but he's dancing around this issue and people are dying in this country. that is not news to anybody. what the president has done is with all the stuff on his plate, stuck his neck out and said look, we need to solve this. i saw what the president's face looked like when he came out of meeting those victims. i've been there. so have many mayors around this country. and we recognize the fact that this isn't about some sort of game about who wins or loses in washington. these are people's lives. it could be your kid in the school. it could be your brother. john suter, the one survivor from accent printing will be there today. thank god he's alive.
>> mayor, you're a member of the coalition of mayors against illegal guns . the group bought an ad last night for the super bowl .
>> the nra once supported background checks .
>> we think it's reasonable to provide mandatory instant criminal background checks for every sale at every gun show , no loopholes anywhere for anyone.
>> so that's wayne lapierre , head of the nra , saying something different back then than he is saying today about universal background checks . what's the response you've heard and do you think that something that people didn't know?
>> people love that ad because it reminded them that checking everyone's background for guns is common sense. we check 100% of the people who get on a plane. we shouldn't check 60% of the people who get a gun. the nra believed that. the nra should agree with that. and the nra should not be in charge of this debate.
>> thank you so much, mayor. again, president obama visiting your city today. appreciate your time. we'll be right back. have