Friday, May 3, 2013
The St. Louis Park High student and son of the slain Accent Signage owner accused DFL leaders of siding with the National Rifle Association.
Sami Rahamim, a St. Louis Park High student and the son of slain Accent Signage owner Reuven Rahamim, is among a group of gun control advocates that is criticizing the DFL for stalling on gun control legislation. Advocates visited the Capitol on Friday to criticize House Speaker Paul Thissen and other DFL leaders for not allowing on the floor a bill that would expand gun background checks to private sales. Said Rahamim: It seems to me that Speaker Thissen is trying to protect the caucus. But after he and Majority Leader (Erin) Murphy looked me in the eye, after I looked them in the eye and told them my story of gun violence, I think it’s fair for me to look them in the eyes now and ask them if it’s the caucus that really needs protecting …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Barackobama.com sent out a letter from Sami Rahamim last week. In it, Rahamim asks for people to type their 20-word gun violence story into a form.
Since his father was killed in September 2012 at Accent Signage in Minneapolis, Sami Rahamim has become a vocal advocate for gun control. Last week, Organizing for Action, formerly known as Obama for America, sent out an email with a letter from Rahamim. Here is the text of the email: My dad, Reuven Rahamim, was killed this past September in a mass shooting. I was 17 years old, one of 15 children who lost a parent that day. I'm honoring his memory—and those of many others who have fallen—by doing something about gun violence. Whether you've been personally affected by gun violence or not, you need to be part of this fight, too. Share your story: Why are you in this? Since my dad's death, I've learned that my family's experience is not as …
Sunday, February 17, 2013
This week's selections include Michele Bachmann's reacting to Obama's State of the Union speech, students sign letters of intent, new stores and a new restaurant.
Editor’s Note: Every week we bring you a sampling of stories from Patch sites in the west metro: Eden Prairie, Edina, Fridley, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Lake Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Richfield, Southwest Minneapolis, St. Louis Park and St. Michael. Family of Accent Signage Victim Sues Company, Shooter's Estate The family of Jake Beneke of Maple Grove says the company should have known shooter Andrew Engeldinger could turn violent. Off-Ice Discussion Around Maple Grove Hockey Still Heated The incident was addressed at a recent Osseo School District School Board meeting. The Maple Grove Senior High boys varsity hockey players were also reportedly asked for feedback about coaches. We Day Minnesota: Breck Student To Co-Host…
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The SLP student, whom 5th District Rep. Keith Ellison invited to the State of the Union, said he supports limits on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
Sami Rahamim, a St. Louis Park High student and the son of slain Accent Signage owner Reuven Rahamim, spoke to CNN on Wednesday about gun violence and meeting with President Barack Obama. Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison invited Rahamim to attend Tuesday’s State of the Union as part of an effort to step up pressure for tighter gun control laws. Each member of Congress gets to bring just one guest to the House gallery during the speech. Reuven Rahamim, 61, died Sept. 27 when an employee who had just been fired took out a gun and shot Rahamim and other Accent employees. Andrew Engeldinger then shot himself. Six employees and the gunman died as a result of the shootings that day. Sami Rahamim told CNN that he supports proposals such as …
Monday, February 11, 2013
The family of Jake Beneke of Maple Grove says the company should have known shooter Andrew Engeldinger could turn violent.
In a lawsuit recently filed in Hennepin County court, the family of a man killed in last year's Accent Signage massacre is suing the company founded by the late St. Louis Park resident Reuven Rahamim. The estate of shooter Andrew Engeldinger is also named as a defendant. Engledinger gunned down six co-workers in September 2012 after being fired, including Maple Grove resident Jake Beneke, whose family has filed the suit. The lawsuit alleges Accent Signage managers knew Engeldinger was an unstable and potentially violent person, and should have taken more precautions when firing him. In particular, the suit says Engeldinger should not have been given warning that he was being fired and been allowed to retrieve a gun from his car. The suit …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The son of Accent Signage shooting victim Reuben Rahamim spoke at Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee hearing on Tuesday.
A day after praising a speech on gun violence President Obama gave in Minneapolis, St. Louis Park gun control advocate Sami Rahamim, son of slain Accent Signage owner Reuven Rahamim, testified before a Minnesota House committee, saying new laws on guns and ammunition could prevent future shooting deaths. If you do not see the video above, please visit YouTube.com.
Monday, February 4, 2013
President called on voters to pressure their legislators to pass gun control measures.
Speaking to a crowd of local dignitaries and law enforcement officers on Monday, President Barack Obama called on voters to pressure Congress to act on curbing gun violence. "We've suffered too much pain to stand by and do nothing," he said. Adopting universal background checks, banning military-style assault weapons, limiting ammunition magazines to 10 rounds, and putting more police officers on the street are "common sense" measures to reduce gun violence, the President said. Several gun control measures echoing Obama's proposals are currently before the Minnesota Legislature. Obama praised Minneapolis' efforts to reduce youth violence, citing a 40 percent decline in such incidents as a positive step. That drop, he said, meant more "…
President Barack Obama will visit Minneapolis on Monday to meet with law enforcement and community members to discuss gun control measures nationwide
Friday, December 21, 2012
The most thoughtful, moving, controversial or just plain funny comments from around the west metro between Dec. 14 and Dec. 20.
Each week, Patch users contribute numerous insights, opinions and observations. The following is a collection of the most thoughtful, moving, controversial or just plain funny comments that appeared on Patch sites in Eden Prairie, Edina, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Minnetonka, Richfield, Shakopee, Plymouth, St. Louis Park and St. Michael. Click on the headline to read the full story and join in the conversation. (The comments below are not meant to reflect the opinions of Patch or its staff.) *** UPDATE: Pink Water in St. Michael, Albertville Caused by Glitch in Annual Filter Maintenance Pink and purple water made its way to St. Michael and Albertville faucets this week for the second time this year. Bill T had a simple response: Yep, purple …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Sami Rahamim was among the survivors and family members of shooting victims joining Mayor Bloomberg to 'Demand a Plan' on combating gun violence.
Updated below. The son of Accent Signage owner Reuven Rahamim of St. Louis Park traveled to New York City over the weekend to join Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a call for action on gun laws in the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, according to WCCO-TV Bloomberg, who co-chairs a group called Mayors Against Illegal Guns, invited survivors and family members to New York to help push a “Demand A Plan” effort to rein in deaths and injuries from gun violence. Sami Rahamim, a student at St. Louis Park High School, told WCCO-TV: You start to realize that there's such a huge problem with the accessibility to guns, the wide range of firearms that are available and how lethal they are in today's world—that it's not your …