tv U.S. Senate Sen. Gilllibrand on Gun Policy CSPAN March 2, 2018 7:50am-8:07am EST
of their complacency in difference, and a shoulder burtd that it's to shoulder. that's what these students at parkland are saying to us know that's what students all over country are saying to us now. this is about your future. this is about -- your children. and they're asking us us whether children matter more or political contributions matter more? oh urge my colleagues finally let's not produce another goose egg in this body let's not come together after a horrible tragedy when there are meaningful steps background checks but i ask my colleagues especially majority leader to enable us to have this debate on the floor so that we can take meaningful steps of the kind that we know will make our community cacher and with that mr. president, i yield the floor.
>> plment, i rise to speak about the mass murder in florida last month and i ask to rise a simple question thatam millions of americans in every apartment of their table is asking is congressss finally going to do anything meaningful about gun violence? when will huff be enough? what will it take for this body to move beyond the same talking points that we hear after every mass shooting? and actually do something to prevent more deaths? mr. president, will congress finally see what the vast majority of americans see? gun owners and nongun owners alike but american gun violence problem isn't going away. unless congress musters up the courage to take it head-on.
or -- will congress to continue to give the thought and prayers and then you do absolutely nothing. we with have to act. because once again there was a massacre on american soil. once again it was inside a school once again american children were gunned down. we keep living through a night mare of gun violence that repeats itself in schools, movie theaters, churches -- nightclubs, concerts and every single day on the streets of the cities -- around this country -- sandy hook, aurora, charleston, san bernardino, orlando, las vegas,s, sutherland springs, and most recently parkland, florida.
policemr. president, we can help this. weav have the power to help stop this. the question is whether congress has the political will to do it. whether this institution will finally put families first, our children first and stand up to the gun manufacturers and the nra. i urge every member of congress to reflect on why they first ran for office. we are here at public servants to serve the people who sent us here. not to serve the gun industry's profit. not to serve the organizations and companies and lobbyists that demand political retribution with we do the morally right thing. does congress have the will to act?
does congress have the basic courage this country needs? i'm sorry to say, but i don't know. but wewe can put it to the test. there has been a lot of talk, more than normal even about our need to act in this chamber. so i will say this to my colleagues. let's make this time different. let's listen to the children from stoneman douglas high school. let'ssc cease this moment. let's take action! i implore my colleagues to listen to what the country is sayingat about gun violence tod. listen to the families. listen to the survivors from parkland and tune out all of the
other noise. i did.oi it is possible. ten years ago, i had an a-rating from the nr arntion. just like many of my colleagues today. but when i met the mother -- when i met her classmates, she was an honor student from brooklyn. she was dancing with her friends having fun, loving life. she was killed by a stray bullet in her community. u now -- i have an f rating for the nra. and i don't understand how after meeting with all of these
families, after meeting with all of these children, who's lives have been destroyed and torn apart by gun violence. i don't understand how any public servant would not vow to do what is necessary to make sure that never happens tben. it's what we do after a terrorist attack. rightfully so. it's what we do as a country we come together. we say never again. and we whatever it takes to protect our country. we have to have the very same sense of urgency now. plain and simple. it is a lie to say that we have to choose between protecting
law-abiding gun owners rights and protecting our children from being murdered by assault rifles. it is a false choice to say that weha cannot end gun violence without violating people's constitutional rights. mr. president, it is time for members of congress to stand up for what's right for america and do what is right for our communities. and saymm no to the nra. i commend one our colleagues in house of representatives a republican from florida an army veteran who is seeing this crisis differently now too. he wrote, quote, i know that my community ourur schools and pubc gathering places are not made safer by any person having access to the best killing tool the army could put in my hands. i can i cannot support the
primary weapon i use to defend our people used to kill children to defend. that is what leadership looks like. so i implore my clueings in the shat to see our gun violent problem differently. see it with your heart. see it as for what it is it is public safety, that will never go away. unless congress does its job once and for all, let's pass law it is that actually are meaningful that actually can do something. not just something simple so we can say that we did something and move on. and i strongly agree with my colleagues, that we need to improve the mental health system. let's make those investments.
but it should not stop there. we have to address the facts that we have weapons of war on our streets today. we have to address the fact that it is so easy for people to buy a gun. people who should never have that privilege. let's vote to ban semiautomatic assault rifles. congress is already fully banned them. congresst has already recognized that some weapons have no place in the civilian world. in a weapon of war -- that was designed for military use that can fire up to 100 rounds in one minute or 100 rounds if you just add a bump stock, a weapon that can completelyly outgun a police officer. it p has no place in the civilin world. so where are my colleague vote
need to ban semi-automatic assault rifles? and then let's vote to ban the high capacity magazines that go with them. they are made for wars, they are not made to be in our schools not in our cities. high capacity magazines let killers fire dozens of rounds without having to frequently stop and reload. they're designed to let someone fire bullets at as many people as possible in the shortest amount of time. so let's vote to ban high magazines, high capacity magazine and let's vote to pass universal background checks. that is something that is so common sense. so obvious -- too many people who should not get their hands on these weapons are are easily able to get them. and there are so many loopholes.
there are people allowed to buy semi-automatic rifles online. where there are no background checks -- they allow people to buy semiassault rifles at gun shows -- where or there are no background checks. it simply doesn't make sense that every person who buys a firearm doesn't go through a basic background check system. do you w know who e agrees with that? 97% of the american people. i can't think of any other issue where there's such near universal agreement across our entire population. so let's do what our constituents are demanding from us not the nra is demanding from us and vote to pass universal background check's whenrs we dot
let's make sure that the effort is actually sincere. that we are only voting on universal background checks when it's tied to the issue of concealed carry -- then that is not a sincere attempt to fix our broken background check system. if congress says we'll only pass universal background checks we pass a new law that says stranger for one state has had to be allowed into my state or your state when he has a gun hidden under his jacket that is an insult to 97% of the american people who want congress to pass universal background checks now. so let's finally vote to overturn the outrageous law that has banned the centers for disease control from even studying the issue of gun deaths. the cdc can study any other cause of death park disease, car crash, plane crash, unless it
involves a gun. don't yous think it is strange when we debate this issue that two things relate odd to gun violence that congress has actually banned in recent years are research, research on gun and a ban on the atf from using computers? keep records? so let's vote to allow the cdc to conduct research on gun violence. so we can finally have the information and the the data we need to fight gun violence effectively as possible. and let's also pass a law to finally make gun trafficking a federal crime. over and over depend law enforcement officers keep finding illegally obtained gun used in crimes numerous nypd officers have been killed by guns tharm of legally obtained by criminals and there isd no federal --
there's literally no federal law to stop someone from loading his truck with guns in georgia, driving up the the i-95 and selling them in a parking lot in the bronx directly to criminals and gang members. i have a bill that would make it illegal. m called the hidia peddle ton drug crime prevention act its bipartisan because both parties agree that gun traffic is a source of gun violence in our cities. this is a bill named after thigia who i mentioned earlier another teenager from chicago who is also killed by a stray bullet. boapt guns in those crimes were traffic. solet pass this bill and finally make gunll trafficking a federal crime. mr. president, if we're not
trying to t solve this problem now, then we are failing as a elected leaders. congress must solve america's gun violence crisis now. it is urgent. our country is demanding it. americans deserve more from congress than just banning bump stocks just fixing knicks, which while i strongly support both of them, will not do enough on their own. so let us not fail our country again. policemr. president i would liko ask our colleagues to immediately vote to ban semi-automatic assault rifles and bump stocks to pass universal background checks systems and close all of the loopholes to allow this cdc to research gun violence and cause
of death to close the gun show loophole and to finally make federal trafficking a federal crime. yield the floor. >> senator from florida. >>ri president con o sent to conclude my remarks. >> is there objection? >> to that objection. thank you mr. president. two week with ago yesterday, tragic distincts in parkland one of many that has impacted our country over the last -- decade and beyond and both that community and parkland, florida, the residents of the state of florida that i represent and frankly the entire nation of demanded action but immediate action, we know and anyone who watches process is well aware there are deep differences on how or pa and a how much we should restrict the second amendment right of every american. we know