After Oregon killing, Dayton calls on Obama to offer 'national solution' to gun violence


In the wake of Thursday's mass shooting in Oregon, Governor Mark Dayton is calling on President Obama to provide more leadership in settling the country's gun violence debate.

This comes after the president's White House address following the shocking attack at Roseberg's Umpqua Community College, which left nine people dead and another nine wounded, CNN says.

On Thursday evening, a frustrated Obama asked "the American people to think about how they can get our government to change these laws," and asked "lawmakers at all levels" to bring about new legislation that might prevent gun violence in the future, according to the Pioneer Press's "Political Animal" blog.

While commenting on the Oregon massacre Friday morning, Dayton asked, "what is the remedy (to such acts of violence)? I think that the president, with all due respect, needs to say what is the remedy that would prevent this from happening again," MPR's Capitol View reports.

"If he identifies (a remedy)," the governor said, according to MPR, "then he ought to advance that as a national solution.”

Dayton wants the president to propose legislation at the federal level, as opposed to asking states to tackle the issue, writes the Pioneer Press, which quotes him as also saying, “if the president has something he believes is going to make a significant difference at the national level, he should say what that is."

Dayton's take?

The governor, for his part, seems doubtful that the laws gun control proponents are asking for would do much good.

While saying he would support background checks for gun buyers at Minnesota gun shows, Dayton admitted "I don't think closing a gun show loophole is going to put an end to (violence), although it's the right thing to do," the Star Tribune's Hot Dish Politics says.

He also acknowledged the difficulty of keeping firearms out of the wrong hands, saying it's a problem no one has an answer for; he added that he would be "all ears" for a solution, Hot Dish notes.

Dayton, an avid hunter, has been known as a supporter of Second Amendment rights, but he expressed a willingness to consider gun control following the Newton, Connecticut elementary school shooting in 2012.

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