President Obama visited Minneapolis Monday, to continue his war against guns. "We don't need to agree on everything, to agree it's time to do something...Weapons of war have no place on our streets, or in our schools." President Obama said.
President Obama's visit came four months after the most deadliest shooting in the history of Minnesota. Deborah Beneke, family trustee for deceased Jacob Beneke, is suing Minneapolis based Accent Signage Systems and the estate of Andrew Engeldinger for 'wrongful death.' Beneke's attorneys claim that the employer of Beneke should be held responsible for not taking proper security precautions to keep employees safe.
On Sept. 27, 2012, Engeldinger was fired from Accent. After being fired, he walked to his car and retrieved a gun. He then shot and killed six of his former coworkers, which included Jacob Beneke. Engeldinger was employed by Accent for 12-years.
Attorneys Philip Villaume and Jeffrey Schiek believe that they have a strong enough case. In the filing they believe that Accent was knowledgeable about Engeldinger's mental health problems and that it was generally known under employes. But, the attorneys do not have any physical evidence to back up these statements.
Their is supporting evidence to show that Accent did have the usual employee problems with Engeldinger. He was reprimanded for repeatedly being late, offensive behavior towards coworkers, and poor work production. Enough reason to fire someone, but not to jump to the conclusion that he was mentally ill.
President Obama recently revealed 23-different executive actions that his administration is implementing immediately to reduce gun violence. Four of these focused on mental health. President Obama also clarified "...that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.".
The person that should take responsibility for this heinous crime can't. The outcome of this case will certainly have an effect on the national debate surrounding gun violence.