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tv   House Democrats on Las Vegas Shooting  CSPAN  October 4, 2017 1:35pm-1:49pm EDT

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alert system would go on. and then they would know where the gun is. as far as i know, guns coudo no have rights. >> been a apologies for that, c. go ahead. >> there has been a lot of wayt discussion aboutec smart guns, o technology, if there is some way technology you can use to prevent non-owners of guns from using it. for instance, that a gun would be only allowed, the registered owner of that weapon could use that gun. i think there is a lot of discussion about that.echnol again i think that's something e that, youed know, technology mos at one speed, politics and legislation move at another. >> john press any hand, of politico talking about the current debate going on on capitol hill when it comes to gun control. thank you for your time. >> thanks for having me. >> today, house democrats held a briefing on the steps of the u.s. capitol on gun control. they were joined by former arizona representative gabrielle
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giffords who herself was shot during a constituent event back in 2011. [ applause ] >> hi, gaby. >> how are you? good morning.
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>> good morning. >> thank you for being here this morning. this -- has failed the american people. as newton, charleston, orlando, now las vegas, how many more must die? 100? 1,000? 10,000? 1 million? what is your blood price? how many more must die? how many mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters, husbands and wives? tell me what, tell me and tell us, what is the number? how many more dead bodies will it take to wake up this
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congress? but there is no number, is there? there is no amount of blood, of pain, of death, of suffer iing what will move this congress to act. we hold moments of silence, a vimg i will, we offer our thoughts and prayers, but it's all a show, a place holder, until people forget and this congress can move on to rolling back restrictions on silencers and may go it easier for the mentally ill to purchase weapons. don't tell me otherwise. i've been around too long. i lost colleagues in mississippi, and alabama, to gun violence. we lost dr. martin luther king jr. to a man with a rifle. we lost senator robert kennedy to a man with handguns. we've seen too many gun deaths. and i am here to say right now,
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this must stop. and it must stop now. [ applause ] we were elected to lead. we were elected to be a headlight, and not a taillight. i said to all of you, to all of my colleagues on the other side, we must have raw courage, to make a down payment on ending gun violence in america. we can no longer wait. we can no longer be patient. if there was a fire, we would bring water. if there was a virus, we would send medicine. if this was a storm, we would give shelter. but this is about guns. and so once more, this congress does nothing. don't tell me -- don't tell me we need mental health reform
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when you won't provide every american access to mental health care. don't tell me it's about protecting the second amendment when you won't stand up for the first amendment. [ applause ] don't tell me this is about anything other than greed, greed, money, and fear. i said to each one of us, to all of the members of the congress, have courage, be unafraid, do your job, bring common sense gun control legislation to a vote. we need it, and we need it now. i yield to our friend, a beloved sister, a former member of congress, representative giffords.
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thank you, gaby, for being here. [ applause ] >> stopping gun violence takes courage. the courage to do what's right, the courage of new ideas. i have seen great courage when my life was on the line. now is the time to come together, be responsible. democrats, republicans, everyone, we must never stop fighting. fight, fight, fight! [ cheers and applause ] >> that's what i say. >> be bold. be courageous. the nation's counting on you. thank you very much. thank you. [ applause ]
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i'm mike thompson from california and chair of the gun violence prevention task force. i want to thank you all for being here. i want to thank all my colleagues who are standing with us today. and i also want to mention that our colleagues from nevada would be here with us, but they are in nevada now grieving and helping those who were victims of this last terrible mass shooting. we're here because we know we can do something. you know we can do something. and we must do something. first and foremost, we have to stop this dangerous gun agenda being brought forward by the majority party in the house, a bill to lift the restrictions, deregulate the sale of silencers, and a bill to make it
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easier for anybody who carry a concealed weapon any time, any place. we also believe that we should pass common sense gun violence prevention legislation. first, a bill that would require anyone who buys a gun through the commercial sale to undergo a background check. [ applause ] and second, the speaker needs to step forward and establish a select committee on gun violence prevention. for the last four and a half years, we have been working on gun violence prevention measures. everything that we've brought forward doesn't cut the mustard with the republican majority. they won't give us a hearing. they won't give us a vote.
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well, if you don't like what we're bringing forward, you bring something forward. establish a select committee. let democrats and republicans sit down and work on this very real and very important issue together, and bring measures forward that will help keep the american people safe. and i yield to my colleague and someone who experiences the issues of gun violence in her district daily, congresswoman robin kelly. >> thank you rep thompson. good morning. like my colleagues i'm glad to be here standing united and saying with one voice, enough is enough! but i'm also angry and sad. sad for the 59 people who lost their lives. sad for the families that will never celebrate another birthday with bailey and quinton, sad for
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the friends that will never get another excited tech from jordan or angela. and i'm angry, angry that we are here yet again, angry that sandy hook and 20 dead first graders weren't enough to spark change, angry that it took 477 days for pulse to be surpassed as our nation's worst mass shooting. i am a angry because i know that we will be back here again and again and again, until something changes. back here mourning with the nation, looking for answers, because the people's house refused to act. back here demanding something, anything, to save lives and getting the same response. thoughts and prayers while they head to the bank to cash their nra check. something has got to change. something has got to change, because angela gomez was just 20 years old. something has got to change because heidia pendleton ton was
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just 15 years old. something has got to change because grace mcdonald was just 7 and in the first grade. something has got to change because jason josephate was just 20 years old. tragically, it's too late for them. but it's not too late for someone else, someone who heighting your daughter or your son, your nephew at the nightclub, or granddaughter at the country concert, your mom at the day spa or your sister teaching in elementary school. we can act now, and save their lives. so i ask the speaker, what is so scary about a select committee? you created two last congress, but can't find the space for a committee to find a way to save 30,000 american lives every year? is it because this isn't a project vor eitas video? is it because it isn't a democratic presidential candidate to slander and attack? or is it because you got a nice check for $9550.
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the time for action is now. enough blood and tears have been shed. enough families have been broken artd pa. let's do something to stop this death. otherwise, we do not deserve to be here. [ applause ] >> now is the time for action. we must act. this is the end of our program. but this is not the end of the movement. thank you. [ applause ]
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