Jacob Frey urges crackdown on guns after Soundbar shooting that injured Vikings player

Categories: Guns, Minneapolis
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New Viking Joseph (top right) was grazed by a bullet in the leg and isn't expected to miss significant time.
Just before bar close Saturday morning, shots rang out at the 400 Soundbar in downtown Minneapolis. Nine people were injured, including Linval Joseph, a defensive lineman the Vikings signed to a five-year, $31.5 million contract during the offseason. All are expected to survive.

Police say they believe the shooter was targeting a specific person, but no arrests had been made as of yesterday afternoon, Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder told us.

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A few hours later, Minneapolis City Council member Jacob Frey responded by decrying gun violence in this Facebook post:
I woke up this morning to learn that last night gunshots were fired in Sound Bar injuring 9 (3 seriously hurt). While we will be closing Sound Bar indefinitely to investigate and conduct a licensing review and plan, this attacks just part of the problem. The big issue is gun violence, and the ease in purchasing a firearm.

There is no reason we should not have extensive background checks before purchasing a gun, no need to be able to purchase guns every month with no waiting period, no need for semi automatic weapons on our streets, and no need to be able to unload a magazine clip of 30 plus rounds before reloading. I'm not talking about outlawing your father's hunting rifle (although I'm no hunter myself). I am talking about getting unchecked, people-killing weapons off the street and out of the clubs before more of this garbage happens.
Reached for comment yesterday, Frey acknowledged that most legislative measures to crack down on gun violence "would be at the federal or state level," but said, "The impetus to see movement on this issue has got to come from the major cities... The cities, I believe, have to call out the lack of reason on the other side's arguments."

Beyond lobbying, Frey said cities "can push gun shops, auctions, and dealers to do the right thing voluntarily, above and beyond the statutory requirements."

"There is no good argument that I have heard yet against conducting background checks on an individual that wants to purchase a gun," Frey told us. "To take it a step further in my mind, there's no reason that someone should have the ability to fire off 30 rounds before they need to reload. If you're hunting deer and you miss the first 29 times, you stink at hunting."

From a legal standpoint, Frey said the city was able to immediately close Soundbar, which is in his ward, thanks to language in city ordinance that gives officials authority to close a business "for the public health and welfare."

Asked whether he'd had any reason to believe something like this could happen at the club, Frey said, "I mean, the shooting itself was, I don't want to say out of nowhere... [but] shootings downtown are not the norm."

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IBNNNEWS
IBNNNEWS

What about the eight other people shot? I miss the 1980s City Pages. 

maryalanab
maryalanab

Yet another gun grabber who is going to go down in flames. Gun ownership is at an all time high while gun violence is at a low. Libs who scream more guns more shootings are wrong and FBI data supports that. After the last "assault weapon"(I hate that term, they are semiautomatic hunting rifle with scary black parts whoopee) ban they found that it made no difference in crime rates because rifles are used in less than 3% of all crime yet they get used a lot for home defense.

Jon Rayl
Jon Rayl

Dave, we need to hang out more. Or ever, even.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Less guns means less violence.  It's a fact and its the truth.  All you gun nuts live in a fantasy world. 

Dave Whitmer
Dave Whitmer

So it's only important after a pro athlete gets hurt?

PatWatson
PatWatson

So Mr. Frey (former "Protect" Minnesota Board member) is advocating:

1) "Universal" Background Checks

2) "Assault" Weapons Ban

3) Standard Capacity Magazine Ban

*Yawn* More red herring legislative proposals that will only serve to polarize the debate....AGAIN....

What exactly will this do to keep the criminal from somehow bypassing extensive security *ahem* laws and doing such a heinous act again? Please Mr. Frey, do tell!

Augie's Owner Brian Michael said it best when quoted in the Strib:

"I don't want to be cheeky, but I'm sure they posted a banned weapons sign at their entryway...the criminals in society, they don't care about the rules."


(any and all usage of scare quotes is entirely intentional)

PatWatson
PatWatson

@MicheleBachmann nice. Anything else to add besides the ad hominem? I'd agree that less guns in the hands of criminals means less violence. Tell me how to do that please?

maryalanab
maryalanab

@MicheleBachmann you live in the fantasy world, FBI stats show gun violence is at a low while gun ownership at an all time high with over 300 million guns in private hands(legal guns, not ones held by criminals and gangs)

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@PatWatson red herring huh? isnt that what parrots eat. you dont know what the fuck you are talking about

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@PatWatson again you are lost, just saying ad hominem doesnt mean anything... you gotta say a verb too

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@maryalanab @MicheleBachmann The NRA blocks research into gun violence.  They don't do that because the research paints a positive picture of guns stupid.   Back up what you are saying liar.  Provide a link. 

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@maryalanab @MicheleBachmann Let's see a link to those FBI stats you're referring to - I see the local and national news every day and all I see are stories about gun violence. I think you're getting your info from the NRA and/or you're completely full of shit. (Probably both.)

PatWatson
PatWatson

@digitalprotocol great response. Anything constructive to add? Otherwise the grownups will be talking over here.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@PatWatson whatever gunfag... you dont even know what a red herring is! you just parrot bullshit all your hick gun toting friends say.


what is the point of even commenting here? to let people know that you have many guns and probably blindly support military and police...


will you sell me a weapon for 500$? i cant pay retail

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@PatWatson grown ups know how to think independently and know what a red herring is


clearly you are a stupid hick. fat, white and old

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@PatWatson if you knew anyhting you'd know that the city council, or one member, cant do shit about you sticking guns in your pussy. you can stick as many guns as you want in your pussy

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@PatWatson yep, you're a stupid brainwashed woman and i loved your attempt at using Latin. very impressive

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@PatWatson you must be new. im a top commenter. i always win. just admit your some scared woman

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@PatWatson you still embarrassed yourself trying to use Latin and trying to use red herring


pathetic for a mom

PatWatson
PatWatson

@digitalprotocol you've added nothing to the discussion other than racist, bigoted, homophobic remarks typical of a child. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul!


Now I'm off to flog myself with bandoliers of ammunition while watching Rambo.

PatWatson
PatWatson

@digitalprotocol sophisticated people don't make misogynistic and homophobic commentary either.


Now, cmere and let me tuck you in, otherwise I miss the good part of the movie.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@PatWatson calling you a gunfag has nothing to do with gay people. its an accepted term to describe those who fetishize guns


and me pointing out you are some scared brainwashed white women was pretty easy thanks to my perceptive abilities and is not misogyny


PatWatson
PatWatson

@digitalprotocol "fag" was, is, and will forever be a derogatory term for homosexuals when used in the context you're using.


Likening my mockery of you to a female has nothing to do with the topic at hand, and as it was meant in a derogatory fashion so as to somehow imply I'm weak or less than a man - its misogynistic.


Now child, put down the keyboard before you embarrass yourself further.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@PatWatson thats physiology not misogyny and i dont really care... if you are in love with guns i label you a gunfag. why? because CandC idiots are homophobes and calling them a gunfag really makees them mad. since you are a dumb woman it doesnt really matter. you are just a pawn


you are sick brainwashed woman hellbent on guns and safety. living in fear. i feel sad for any woman that aligns herself with nutjob religious zealots and racists. they are just using you for their own selfish end. 


you are the minority, being that you are a outspoken gun proponent. educated and civilized people know better and use logic and reason instead of baby talk


gunfag or gunslut or gunwhore


all the same

PatWatson
PatWatson

@digitalprotocol shhhhhhhh....the grownups have moved past you politically while you were imagining me shoving guns into my orifices.

PatWatson
PatWatson

@digitalprotocol bizzare that I've engaged a known troll and managed to win? Despite apparently being female...wait, aren't I fat, white and straight too?

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@PatWatson ya mostly stupid hicks like you are fat white slobs... after your boring retorts i quickly figured you to be female... its very obvious


and sad


they are using you 



PatWatson
PatWatson

@digitalprotocol your use of outdated stereotypes and derogatory language marks you as well my little friend.


...and your perception still needs work. Please call me a woman one more time, it makes my point so well.

PatWatson
PatWatson

@digitalprotocol that word you keep using. I do not think it means what you think it means.


Unlike "Protect" Minnesota "board members", I don't get a grant/stipend/paycheck for my activism! Nice to see they still get that fat check from Joyce rolling in every month.

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