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it's important for everyone to work with us to make a difference. the reason why we are here is
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despicable. i sincerely wish none of the kids in this panel were here today. that our children don't have to come to panels and go dc in past things pass things that are common spends gun-control i remember february 1420, 0018 perfectly. we were practicing for the school showed that we put on for the kids at the neighboring elementary school. there there's about five minutes left of class. alarm rang. we were confused earlier that day we have artie had a drill. nevertheless kids started
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walking out of the classroom. when i get to the door is when all hell broke loose. at a feeling i knew what was happening. "the young lady from santa fe they just recently experienced a tragedy just like what we have a douglas. i was not surprised we were in this position. i wasn't surprised at all. when he went back into class all i saw were terrified and mortified crying faces. people i can pick -- consider family.
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we went into a class room closet and have a wait around for hours. it was about 95 degrees on a hot february florida day. i remember hearing gunshots and screams while being in that closet into my best friend he is a tough soccer player. let the guy expected breakdown. but after praying i told him something that i never thought i have to tell my best friend. get behind someone else. pretend that you're actually dead. something can estrange
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happen. i still don't know who i am honestly. but something really strange happened. not only did i just survive the scariest thing that could possibly ever happened to me but i knew something had to change. in a rated school in the rich suburban neighborhood is supposed to be scared of a gunman with arkansas 15 community. there is no way that should be the norm.
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i do understand where this was such a difficult conversation to have. i think you. good afternoon gun violence in my neighborhood takes place with alarming frequency. the scariest part about it is not knowing where and when it's going to happen my friends are closest and they haven't even worse because gunshots happen to right in front of their house not knowing when and where. it is very easy for a shooter to miss the target and shoot
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innocent bystanders. for example, small children are here. that is no way to live. some of the gun violence that happens in the community is gang related. sometimes they will have a role model to guide them. the love and attention they need and they don't get at home which leaves them nothing but to go to the streets.
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the gun experience because we feel more safe at our school than we do in our community that thing was extremely important message about how what happened outside a school that we are afraid of.
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there are some the kids of the kids like that. that are being taken. the freshman said that the streets soak up more than our blood is our tears. and were tired of crying. it is time for us to do something about the condition of our world. when kids are crying everybody else to do something and listen. thank you. good afternoon. my name is malachite done.
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i'm a junior in broward county florida. i've been blessed to have not directly experienced any form gun violence. when my her mother was only 14 years old she was robbed at gunpoint when she was walking home. it's been 30 years and she still carries that every day. i view myself being paranoid when i'm an unfamiliar neighborhood. i find myself constantly looking around.
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hyslop through the knocks at the door. then soon after they went to another house but it wasn't church. terrel lost his life at that day. by the grace of god my brother did not. my brother was very traumatized with the feeling of fear. he lost his best friend. anybody can be a victim of gun violence. and it created the mentality and the barrier that we can be next and were not say.
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tomorrow is not promised. many of my classmates were even afraid to come to school. if he even showed up without an idaho your place in indoor suspension for the whole day. those who went on social media and made jokes and threats and posts about school shootings. i remember the police came to the school to rest an individual. a lot of people take these things for granite because it won't or can't happen to them.
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a lot of people make jokes about these can do things because they don't understand how serious it is. and their friends were expected to lose their lives that day. we can't fully comprehend what we went through. i recently learned the mandate be brave, be bold and act now. our nation has a problem with gun violence. to be bold and be the solution. lift act now because tomorrow is not promised. thank you very much. good afternoon my name is ricky pork.
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anticipating danger most of it gang-related is the norm more and about safety is just part of living. now i lay in bed and count the shots that frequently rang out. i have a choice to choose between guns or books. and although i chose books i had been held at gunpoint by law enforcement and we've have dodge straight bullets while walking through the neighborhood. we also encountered dead bodies at bus stops. it suggests that no one cares. no one in my family has been a victim of gun violence but i cannot say that for the countless friends that i have that became statistics.
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african americans make up 19% of miami-dade county population but more than 70% of the victims treated our black males. several young black men from communities in my area were murdered. one of them a student who was about to be inducted into the national honor society. many of my friends in acquaintances own guns. there was a time when i was being bullied once you're down that route there's no turning back.
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the youth who had chosen lives of violence have learned. i feel lucky that my school is a safer place than my community. shooting drills and emergency systems something inner-city kids are very aware of. when it hits close to home the best thing to do is pray that trouble was not at your front door. this is not the life i wanted to live. and i'm privileged to have the opportunity to speak about how gun violence affects our community. my talk is cheap. because my lie life of young people all across this country depends on
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it. thank you. good afternoon. i am a senior at educational center. bullets don't had eyes. those of us who live in neighborhoods. it's taught at a very young age. it means that even though someone may not be the shooter's target. they can sell fairly --dash i can very easily get hit. i hear gunshots at least once or twice a month at three occasions urban drive-by shootings. the gunmen shot up the house but miss the target. instead they ended up winning the target. in another. another father was shot and killed when dropping off the
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kids to their mother's house. on july 27, 2017 my friend who i've known since i was five years old he was shot and killed right in front of his house with his whole family inside. a girlfriend and a 1-year-old son. i felt really hurt at the time. and also confused because i don't think he was in a gang or anything that would have led to this. they were unfair and unnecessary but also i feel kind of desensitized to it which disappoints me.
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they should not happen so often that it becomes unable to be shocked by it. teenagers and young children had to do every day of their life. i like to think that no one would come into my school with a gun and i feel like it's a safe environment for students and faculty. all doors are locked. windows are closed.
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parents should never had to bury their children. it should be the other way around. i'm a senior at richard montgomery high school. my involvement with the student movement began the day of the shooting marjorie high school. i was frustrated, angry and upset. i was i cannot wait around for someone to take that action for me. i would end up leaving a student walk down. exactly one week after the atrocities in parkland. they rallied at the capital
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i've been immersed in the issue of ben control. getting more students involved in the movement and even appearing on hardball with congressman ted deutch. these are all too common and we as a nation have become numb to them. the pulse nightclub shooting happened during my sophomore year of high school. they have all happened during my senior year of high school. when they happen with this kind of frequency how could we not be numb to it. the exchange student who is skilled in the city just last week.
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eighteen days left in the school year. gun violence is reaching into their homes in their classrooms. no one is safe. more and more as students like myself are struck down and slaughtered like animals all because of the easy and overwhelming access. i hope that it's considered by members of congress. there is no longer that. if they would not allow the conversation to be have on the house or senate floor.
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the should not be a political issue. anyway can be impacted by gun violence. whether we are republicans, democrats or independents. this is obviously a fight that's not going to end anytime soon. i've a younger sister and many friends who is to go to school everyday so long as a military style weapons are available and easily accessible. i will fight until that is a reality. you should not had to be impacted by a shooting or gun violence in order to realize that something needs to be done to stop the blood shed. it may be an uphill battle but my generation will not give up. we refuse to go to school and fear. we refuse to watch any more of our friends die senseless deaths.
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we will not give up however long it takes we will win. thank you for inviting me to speak here today. good afternoon everyone. i'm an 18-year-old student at king high school. and a member of the youth led collective. i come to you all. we are faced with more horrific tragedies. the students and families in mount zion high school. they experienced a shooting after their graduation. eight students into teachers lost their lives and 13 were injured. they also had my love and support.
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to stand against gun violence happening. that's 21 more than to many. when you asked students what safety looks like. violence is an acceptable way toxic masculinity has to be dealt with that. in order to protect us from
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the continued violence. i want common sense gun laws but i also know we have to fundamentally figure out how to educate boys to be empathetic and value life and change the violent culture. i also had very specific demands. concerning my beloved city. just this weekend in chicago 17 people were shot where is the national outcry for justice for them. what is congress doing to save the life and of children in chicago and baltimore. in 2016 close to 800 young people were killed from gun violence. and last year more than 600. we call ourselves good kids his answer was to send in the feds. he also further criminalize
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black and brown youth and he only cares if were dead or in jail. this is not what we want. we don't want more prisons and police. we know a filling up filling up prisons. the violence in our communities. we've seen that over over the past couple of decades. that's what has hurt our communities and helped to fuel the gun violence. we need resources in restoration. dce gave us a mayor that cares more about profits than our community. rahm emanuel has closed school which has contributed to the gun violence in our neighborhood. and we have a governor who has cut funding for social services and crucial community organizations. it will commute -- support community.
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we need elected officials to vote for bills that had federal jurisdictions to prevent guns from coming into illinois from states that lack gun laws. if we care about the children in the teens in chicago and baltimore then we will make sure that money is invested in community centers mental health clinics and trauma and foreign schools. we spend more time locking up children in juvenile detention centers that we do for them to go to schools and low income neighborhoods. on the west side of chicago which has some of the highest rates of gun violence rahm emanuel wants to spend $95 million on a police academy instead of investing it in developing our communities. we have to deal with racism.
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if you truly care about us you will be doing all you can to save our lives and understand that the violence we have can be prevented. [applause]. think you very much. thank you very much mister chairman. thank you for your leadership of the gun violence task force. i wish it were bipartisan. i know the legislation strives to be bipartisan. i want to thank all of the advocates that are with us today but especially our witnesses.
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i read part of the testimony that was available to me earlier. i think all of you. because you bring your different experiences to bear whether were talking about a massacre in the school which tears at the heart of our country but also the recognition of every day on the streets of our cities you give me confidence because i think you will make the difference. i have confidence in the impatience of youth to shorten the distance between what is inconceivable to some is inevitable to us. and it's inevitable to us that we will pass strong gun violence prevention. and some of what you had suggested strengthening background checks and expanding existing system to
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cover all partial firearms in the gun shows. the security funding for the cdc. to conduct research. you have to have a laugh or gun violence the restraining orders that many of you had suggested. establishing a committee we are still waiting on an answer for the speaker. the causes of gun violence epidemic to craft smart practical solutions. there are better ways to go and then some of what the administration is putting forth hardening schools. the arming teachers that
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create a culture of fear. cutting more than one quarter of the budget to that national budget check. it is dangerous and thank you again mister chairman for your leadership in the as the task force. we want to be in everyone's thoughts and prayers. but that is no substitute for action you call for thoughts and prayers. call for hearing on gun safety. they continue to fight for real action. what people talk about the nra and the gun lobby and that's what our members of congress are afraid of.
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what about the fear that children have in their communities and their schools. what about their survival. there is no work important compared to the personal survivor of the american children. for adding to the wisdom of this debate. give us moral grounds to go forward in for the impatience of the youth you are the tipping point i've never felt this way so much before you give us hope. thank you and i yelled back. because we got started late with the votes. i will wave my time for questions and go right to mister wilson.
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we will reduce the time of three minutes per member. be as quick as you can and get through as many questions that we can. thank you for your leadership and convening us. to the students i ask i hear you on your ideas in the proposals that you put forward. and taylor you articulately talked about believing school is a place of safety. and hearing each of you you don't feel safe can you tell each of us very quickly what would make you feel safe. but that we can do would make you feel safe. on any given day i personally feel safe you never know
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what's can happen. there are all sorts of varying personal feelings that kids have. the past 24 years it's only gotten worse. it's been a while. still nothing has happened. there has been some legislation passed locally but nothing on the national scale and i've been all around dc talking to people and it seems that it's just leadership here. that just seems to be the issue. there are people right now say no to us there are people that are refusing to help us. if they wanted it to happen it
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would've already happened. clearly it's not being prioritized. universal background checks would make all of us feel safer if we knew that everyone who have a gun have to go through a background check. i don't see why you would do that and what the differences. there are a lot of policies that will be implemented.
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i just wanted to follow up. we will have to get through these. you will get a chance and a little bit. i want to call mister hastings from florida. and i have a question but i do have a suggestion to the youngsters. thinks before that tall of you and my dear my dear friend frederick as well. on the work that you all had put in. and for the 5,000 role models.
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as well as other students from our area. you all please be seated. since you're interconnected. i now suggest that tall of you. that you put on paper and video your thoughts for yet another foundations or utilize one of the ones that is in existence and make it a book and then a video of sorts and sell it. then use the money to do the things that you all need to do.
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and then being in a position to show up. you are making a difference. and you will make an even greater difference in november. i am always one that is a skunk at the picnic. they have the same feelings that they have. a variety each of those measures by democrats very
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people you see here in this room. there were others that were invited. i know they have other things to do. there were other republicans. and that needs to be clearly understood. don't let the nra. who are basically in this country. towards that end most respectively asked of all of you all to register the vote and then vote. and you want to know by now who to vote for.
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i represent new count --dash mike newtown connecticut. you are part of that newtown generation. eve grown up up with lockdown drills. that is not the way a good and great country behaves. i think it's a civil rights issue of our time you spoken eloquently about feeling safer in school than on the street. that is wrong and shameful. it's wrong you should have to go to metal detectors to go to class. and this promise is just not that hard. the reporter was calling me
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about a proposal. is to save promotion. who thinks that is a good idea. you want to sell more guns around the world i don't think so. your voices you are marching in the street or classroom you're getting all your friends to vote. young people ensure that we have a civil civil rights in this country. young people led the charge for quality. it's gonna change because of you. thank you for what you're doing. if there's anything you can
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do. we stand with you. i think it's gonna take you to lead and shame the adults in this country who have been sitting on their hands quaking about the gun lobby. in a way that you have and closets in the bedroom. it's wrong and it needs to change. thank you for your bravery. you can easily stay in parkland or chicago. where you live in florida. and not share your thoughts with us. i coming and sharing your thoughts and ideas with us. i think you.
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i just want you guys to hold each others hands other's hands and give each other support we hear a lot about mass shootings but we don't hear a lot about the everyday things that go on in neighborhoods and you have to come through this together. or children's -- children losing their mom and dad. i have legislation i have talked about background checks and that type of legislation 17% of the murders are solved. people don't trust the police and the police don't trust the people. and we have to invest in the neighborhoods in education and mentoring like you guys had with frederick wilson and
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teaching parents how to parent. all that goes into it. it's a safer neighborhood. keep the faith. exercise your right to vote. thank you to each and everyone of you who came here to tell your story and please don't that you are speaking for others across the country i've met with several groups of students and oregon you are there voice their voice also. i appreciate you being here. the day the 15 euros student walked in the thurston high school. and killed two people and wounded 24. that was 20 years ago. we know that this has been an issue for an entire generation we know what needs to get
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done. keep speaking up and being bold. i want you to answer these. i spoke with the student recently who said the first thing she does when she walks into a classroom is looking for a place to hide and escape. how is is affecting your ability to learn into focus and then secondly. i last them both at once. one group of students said we know that there are some students who want to talk to a counselor or seek mental health care the counselors are too busy and there is too much of a stigma so they don't get the mental health care they need. what can we do about that. how is is affecting your learning. maybe everybody would get a chance to answer. one of the arguments used by the other side is that there is not enough facts or statistics to prove it.
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i just want to bring up a very important fact. where people have done the banks of serviceman in the middle east. i think it shows how it changes how it is going to school. if i were to be drafted right now i would have a higher chance of surviving. and i do understand how this is even a conversation at this point. and for the second question for students who need help but are afraid to get it. i think a very big part of that is there is not even enough resources i'm from florida. where 50th and mental health funding. in my school which was extremely publicized and i have the privilege we were
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extremely underfunded all we got were therapy dogs. they're not helping me get over the fact that i saw that children on february 14. i feel with the code yellows it is that i make i make our school feel like a school. if devon escort before kevin escort before you go anywhere. if you have your ids around your neck and security is constantly stopping you. it takes the attention of the academic level of school and you're more focused on in my can be in danger. that's how it has affected me for question one.
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i believe that programs that reach out to the youth would be a solution because it starts when you are little. funding and definitely for those programs. and more mentorship programs as well. for example my school we had 21t century. which is tutoring, dinner and transportation for them to get home afterwards. things like that help keep kids out of the streets. and they're doing something productive with their time. thank you chairman thompson. and having the students there to testify.
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making sure your voices are heard and being part proactive to make sure that congress feels the pressure to enact strong gun safety. make sure that you get registered to vote. i want to see a strong background check. i want to do everything that we can't to keep guns out of the wrong hands. i also want you to know the something about the damage
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that guns can do. what should've been among the safest of places. anyone with guns in their hands. in the police officers got actually went off. when they have these things of arming teachers in classrooms it something very much opposed. i want to make sure that doesn't happen to someone else of course. i also want to think just to wrap up. the required firearms can be used for the devastating effect.
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one of the things that they need to do. i was required to be responsible and making sure that they are kept locked up and away from children that no one can get access to them. they hold gun owners criminally. my bill provides funding to states. it also requires the center for disease control and prevention. into have safe storage. there is another thing i would like to see in active.
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broad support and i hope you will continue your message to make sure congress makes sure these get enacted. before you were born was a columbine disaster and shooting. i was naïve enough to think that we will do something. i want to tell you when i look at you and i hear you and i see all of the work that you're doing. they have finally met the match. i really believe i haven't
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seen any legislation happens. i think you will see that. they talk about good kids and mad city. the harsh reality of your community what are we are suggesting.
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were ready to listen to you and take your lead. on my city on the west side. $95million to open up they can to me. they can put them in schools. the issue in the steady violence city violence that we head in chicago by more police officers at we have seen everybody seen the new story. another mom that they had raced race for how many years.
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you tell students that they are supposed to go to school and feel safe. violence happens in my city on every corner. no matter where you are. instead of putting this money there. the recreational centers. more resources. $95million on police officers and they're not helping. they are not helping at the children. we are at war all the time. every time you step out of the door.
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for the youth a to it to have to step forward. and step here in this justice system. it promises to protected us. and for them to tell us in that then it simply self-control. i look forward to looking with the robyn kelly and others. i want to thank representative wilson. for convening the panel and for leader pelosi for adopting it as a democratic priority. we had been working on this. they can get republicans to
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participate. for universal background checks. those are the kinds of things we had been working on. and we need pressure from outside to make the leadership bring up some of these bills. they don't prevent the crime and we need to think of that. with the effects of exposure.
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i would like to ask the panelists what kind of services were available to you after exposure to violence and whether or not these services were sufficient. they usually end up as grief counselors. the civilian review award. for the community that services their community. too many times that officers served the community. they mistreat the miss treat the community and the people that live in them. provides students with a voice since the constitution says we are the people.
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we should be exposed to policymakers. lawyers in members of political organizations that can introduce us to the way of american life. thank you very much. into the leader. a school that is a sanctuary for learning and interacting with friends and you can mock and you can do your athletics in your learning in your dancing and all that you can do don't you think you should have that kind of atmosphere in your schools.
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that's what i think is important. many of us have legislation to ban assault weapons. to ban the bump stocks. i got -- i join my colleagues on a lock lockboxes in protecting them. we need to head legislation that re- authorizes it. so that they can slow to local school districts. and do the very thing that you said. to work on civic participation and also getting people to understand the bullying is not something that they have to do to survive. i when asked daniel and i would like to ask mr. russell. let me ask mr. daniel and malachi mister daniels you are strong. i like to suggest a local -- an open letter signed by as many people as possible.
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would you be welcome to doing that. four of my friends got arrested. allow the vote. he will not take legislative action. i appreciate it if you think of that letter form and had as many people sign it or online. i do so and ask. thank you so much. i just want you to say again
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that your friends are going to church as i understand going to pick up someone who was oversleeping. to say that again. they were going to are going to pick up my brother. he could've been in the car. that's it really got to me. .. .. we should not ever cease in fighting to save lives. thank you all very much. [applause] >> mr. schneider. >> thank thank you, and want tok my colleagues for having this
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hearing, and i want to thank and to each and every one of you for being here and having the courage and strength to share your stories with us. your families, your friends, your community, in fact, the entire nation should be proud of you. and more importantly i will tell you we're counting on you. as others have said it is your generation that help becomes the tipping point that we can find a last have commonsense steps to reduce gun violence. as my colleague jackson lee said, we owe it to you and to many political leaders have failed to give you safe, secure schools that are institutions of learning, teaching you the skills you need to succeed in life. the people in this room are all committed to that. we are inspired by you. maliki, i want, what you said i pulled aside because i think your words were, , closing, just repeat them, be bold, be brave,
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the bold, act now. as the reader to do. we need your help to do it but please know the people in the shrimp stand with you and we are going to try to act. daniel, as you and your friends continue to write to the speaker and everyone else continues to speak out, we take strength from you, so thank you. [applause] >> mr. kildee. >> thank you, mr. chairman, and to the leader and those organized this, thank you. but especially to these young people who are participating. i agree with those who said the nra has met its match when it comes to this question. you have incredible power. you have demonstrated that and i encourage you to continue. the one request i will make and then i will make a comment is to invite you as you have come here to go to the places around the country where there are students who are looking for ways to
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become involved, students and other young people. you have provided a lot of inspiration. i have met with a group of students, high school students back in my home communities, and i would just ask that you, jake think you can, and and we will help with this, help to organize all across the country these young people are really looking to get involved and get engaged. the point i want to make is, a lot of people and, of course, my colleagues hear me talk about my hometown all the time, i am from flint, michigan, and it sure many of you have heard about what happened in flint. with this terrible crisis. we have 12 people died in flint as result of the water crisis since the water was poisoned. listen to this though. during that same period of time, 164 people lost their lives to gun violence.
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there was this huge reaction, headlines all over the newspapers when the crisis was taken place in my hometown. congress acted, thankful, to all my french year, the state government stepped up and took action. put together about half the billion dollars on the table to deal with the crisis that ultimately killed 12 people. what is happened in flint since 164 people have died of gun violence in the same time? what is happened as a result of all the terrible tragedies that you have sadly had to experience? nothing. nothing. and there's a reason. and it's because there's an interest group that steps in the way every time we get close to taking any action. i introduced, along with a couple of my colleagues, a bump stock band right after the las vegas shooting, and it was ready to go, teed up, until one organization, one single
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organization decided that they could veto action by congress. we can't give them that power. you are in a position to take that power from them. the only question i would have, i know i only have a minute, do you have a message to the other young people around the country that are trying to find a voice? do you have a message to them that i can carry back, for example, to the kids of flint? any of you. daniel? >> i would just say get involved however you can, whether or not there's any sort of organizing infrastructure there where you are. create an infrastructure and do whatever you can, write letters, make calls, walkout, do whatever you can to keep this in the forefront of the american consciousness. >> thank you. mr. rush. >> mr. chairman, i certainly want to thank, mr. chairman, i
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want to thank all of those who are present. i want to thank congressman -- i'm sitting here and i'm seeing a lot of angst and just emotionally going through so much. because i just know that as a young man, i was somewhere where you are, and i'm from chicago. i represent the first congressional district in chicago, the south side, and i know and feel and hear about all these shootings and the murders that's going on there.
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i grew up in the era of the civil rights movement, black power movement, antiwar movement. and so that generation really begin to assume some responsibility for the future of the nation. i think we had an impact, and i don't know whether or not we depended so much on members of congress, on the governmental officials. as a matter fact, some of us knew that. things have changed and you have more reasons to depend on government now. i would just ask you to not
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allow all of your focus to be on the whims of government. you can change society by taking some of the conditions that you find prohibitive to living a life of quality and safety. i assume you really understand that you are on the threshold now. i mean, changing society. you're on a mission. sometimes you happen to be --
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you know you can't live lives of comfort and lives of just, you know, the sacrifice that you're really committed to this, to not only you were trying to change society, you trying to change thinking, trying to change the morality of society, and i think that it might suffice, the cost might be a little more than you anticipate paying. >> thank you, mr. rush. [applause] mr. tonko. >> thank you, mr. chair, and thank you to the leadership of the chair and those who have cohosted the event today. i appreciate the forcefulness by which you are conducting the task force agenda.
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let me first pay tribute to the student power here. [applause] as has been indicated you are the force that exists out there. and just like that are chronological generations, i believe that our political generations, and you've identified yourself. you have eclipsed from previous generations i think over the access of guns they can school safety issues. you are living it. you have witnessed it and you're asking for action, and that is given birth to this new political generation. all generations, all age groups, have amongst them individuals that don't submit to that agenda of the majority, i would think. so my question to you is,, amongst your peers, amongst your age group, to further empower your voices, how do we convert those of your peers that don't
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agree with this agenda? are there those that you've networked with that say i disagree? i'd like to hear what that most frequent disagreement is about, and in your opinion, how do we bring the onboard? because i think we continue to grow the numbers, the forcefulness of the statement overwhelms the opponents in this town. >> well, i would say the most important part of other youth involvement in and on track with us is acknowledgment. there are a lot of kids who you meet the don't see anything wrong with what is going on. there are children that walk around with ptsd who have no clue because these tragedies happen so often that we become desensitized to them. this is reality now, , not realizing that these things are children, your children and your
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grandchildren will read about later in textbooks and be mortified, horrified. and a lot of them don't seem issue with it because they don't see adults stepping in to make it an issue. so him and when we do things like this, take action like this, it just seems like it's all for no just because it seems like every time we take a step forward, we are pushed three steps back. and so i think accountability and involvement needs to increase. >> ricky, , were you going to sy something about that? >> thank you very much. we've got five more members who want to say something, and we got about four more minutes to do it. some going to just ask you to briefly make your statement and then we can follow up with the young leaders through the mail or what have you, but mr. lowenthal, mr. johnson, ms. shea-porter, mr. greene and mr. jeffries, in that order.
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>> thank you, leader pelosi and gun violence prevention task force for organizing this important for him. i've been traveling around to schools in my district, like yourself, and to meet with students like yourselves. and i'm so impressed and so moved by them as we speak. i keep saying to them as they say to you, i'm older than most of the people here, and but i remember the 1960s and was an activist myself when it was students like yourself that stop a war, that led to a president not running for reelection, and joined with martin luther king. it was the students led to the great civil rights legislation that this nation developed, and so i'm so proud of you. i'm so glad that we are not doing one minutes, or that the only thing we're doing is one minute. that we are really going to listen to you and hopefully you will bring about that change.
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>> thank you. >> i does want to thank you for being here. >> thank you. mr. johnson. >> thank you. i want to thank the chairman and all of those associated with bringing this opportunity for you all to come and testify before congress and tell us what's on your minds. and we've heard your cries. we've heard your please come and want to commend you for the courage that you displayed, the tenacity that you display him on these issues. also your heart for your fellow man. i hope as you grew up older, as you grow older you will never lose the idealism that you have now, that you will strive to retain it and act on it. i don't care how old you get to be, but to be a totally different, to be totally different than the folks that you're looking at and don't let things get so bad for the people
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who come after you, that they then have to come up here and did the same thing that you are doing. so thank you all. register and get out to vote in november. thank you. >> ms. shea-porter. >> went i was in high school and was afraid to graduate because it meant that bobby had to go off to vietnam and we felt helpless that we realized that we weren't. i think you know how that turned out and i feel the same about all of you, that you thought helpless until you realize that you are not. so i thank you for your quiet courage and loud activism. now, yesterday i asked us to give education ms. devos to come to us, our education workforce committee, and talk about school safety, and she would not commit to that. i think you know what you need to do. we need to work on school safety. we need to make sure that all of your protected wherever you are. you have the right to want to
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stay in school because it's a safe place and in your neighborhoods because it's safe. thank you. remember, quiet courage, loud activism. you're going to change the world. >> mr. graham. >> thank you, mr. chairman. france, this is about the speaker of the house. if the speaker of the house can't bring gun legislation to the floor of the house, then the speaker of the house needs to leave the house. the speaker of the house ought to resign. [applause] you can't bring the legislation to the floor. it's about him. and to those who say the solution is a good guy with a gun, put that in writing. sign your name to it. file it as a bill. let's vote. let's have the people of the united states of america know where we stand on this silly
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folly, the notion that the solution to a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. it's time for us to vote. it's time for us to take action. thank you for the actions are taken to push us to take action. >> thank you. [applause] >> richard jeffrey. >> thank you, chairman thompson and all the other members of the task force. afternoon. it is an honor and privilege to be here with you your america is a great country. government of the people, by the people and for the people here we come a long way. we still have a long way to go. in terms of data with any major societal change that is been brought about within the last 100 years, if not more in america. it's always come as a result of the hopes, dreams and aspirations of young people. so now in this generation unconfident with your continued engagement, and i'm thankful and i'm blessed, we all are, by your voices that you will help us solve once and for all the gun
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violence epidemic in america. >> thank you very much. now, what we're going to do is i'm going to colon mr. deutch and ms. wilson for brief closing remarks. >> thank you, mr. chairman. taylor, first, thanks to all of you. taylor, i want you to know that when our grandchildren read in their books about the state of affairs that existed in what was allowed to go on in this country, you are right. they will be mortified. then they will read about the efforts of people like you and students from parkland and miami and maryland, chicago, and all across the country, and they will be grateful that they no longer live in that world. that's number one. number two, let's be clear. you are leading. we will pass commonsense gun safety legislation that might not have enough but with the
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leadership it will happen. the question we have to ask ourselves, do we care enough about our community to provide opportunity for everyone and making investments that we need to make that a number of you already talked about in community centers and mental health centers and afterschool activities and dropout prevention activities. in doing what frederica wilson has done as the model, are we prepared to do it? there are, if i understand this correctly, there are 8000 students into 5000 d5000 role models of excellence in 105 schools. [applause] there are 6000, the our 6000 volunteers if we are serious about caring for our community and making sure that every community is safe and that kids have opportunities. this is exactly the kind of program we should be investing in, and we owe congresswoman wilson an enormous debt of gratitude for the example that she has said and that all of you upset. thank you you very much.
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[applause] >> thank you. and ms. wilson to close. >> just a footnote on that, representative deutch. we've just moved into broward county, so we're going to be expecting you to help us with that effort, and also parkland will be involved in that. we have it chapters in jacksonville, florida. we have chapters in st. petersburg, florida, and we have chapters in detroit, michigan. so this was supposed to be the children speaking, so i have two questions for two children. you mentioned that you learned to mind your own business and not to do things that could lead to someone harming you. can you explain what these things are? how did you learn that they might cause you harm? and, jennifer, i want you, you mentioned that some children joined again by force instead of by choice.
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can you explain more about that? what type of force and where does it come from? >> you will have to be very quick because we have votes. we have to be out of this room three minutes ago. >> when i said that i mind my own business and try not to do anything to cause anyone harm, i mean like sting focus on school, coming home, making sure i'm doing what i'm supposed to do and not engaging in these kind of activities. that's basically what i meant. >> thank you. >> what i mean by what i say some students are joined by force rather than choice, some students are raised in the neighborhood where there is mostly gangs around. so we live in the neighborhood when there's mostly things around. there's no other option, for you to, but to join the gang. therefore, because some communities, there is gang members that, so if you live in
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a community where this is the game that you're supposed to be in, that's the gang that you have to join. you can join any of the gang or you're risking your life. >> thank you all very much. thanks to congas and deutsch and congresswoman wilson for organizing this. we will be working for you nonstop. thank you. [applause] [inaudible conversations]
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