tv Senator Durbin Discusses Gun Violence and Public Health CSPAN August 28, 2017 4:58pm-5:51pm EDT
i contribute and where i'm coming from, it's all part of this bigger story. allowing them then to take in other people's opinions, take in the perrives perspectives of others through social media but also through video, , it gives okay, chance to think, this is how i see the world, but why is it i see the world this way? expand that ae little bit by taking in other perspectives? >> tuesday at 8:00 p.m. eastern. senate minority whip dick durbin talked about gun violence in chicago and the lack of jobs in poor communities with gun violence. ofdiscussed the importance mental health services for those who have witnessed gun crimes at a young age. held by the city club of chicago, this is 50 minutes. [applause]
you all very much. thank you. [applause] >> thank you. jay, thanks for the nice introduction. ed, thank you for the many kindnesses you've shown to me and my family. is my first city club without paul green and i miss him. i know we all do. person.c and a great resource. and always had a little jab for a tougheaker, with question. i looked forward to it. and i'm sure you, in his make sure i face the music afterwards too. [laughter] one of myenton is faves. and she and i went to -- i toember saying, would you go a cubs game with me? because she wears cubs earrings. she said sure. day a few opening years ago. and naturally, opening day at wrigley field, you never know expect. well, it was a snowstorm. [laughter] ended up, up in a box.
and we were there with billy williams. taken. got her picture and i was sitting there, watching the game. i looked around and darned if she wasn't waiting on everybody in the box. and i you're a guest. you'll have to work your today. a wonderful lady. glad to have her as a friend. she's my other girlfriend. [laughter] here.ou are the topic of one to discuss this afternoon is serious. i hope each and every one of you will listen and share some thoughts, questions. it relates to the reality of the world we live in. you remember what you did last weekend? some people do and many are trying to remember. 63 people will remember it because it was a weekend they went to the emergency room with a gunshot in chicago.
so far this year, 2345 people have been shot in chicago. that is down from last year, chicago's deadliest year in 20 years. more than 3000 people were shot and killed that year. it is still horrifically high. no one is spared from violence, even children. more than 300 children in chicago were shot last year and 36 died. year, 176 children have been shot and 27 have died. was the deadliest
month for children in chicago and more than 15 years. one child being killed on average every other day. since 2000, gun violence in the city has taken the lives of more than 1000 children. anger,frustration and lieutenant eddie johnson said this weekend of killing represents the culture of chicago. he added you cannot arrest our way out of this crisis when the criminal justice system is not a deterrent. the causes of this carnage are complex. many people working from every conceivable angle to end it could many faith leaders and representatives. community leaders, business education, public health communities, public officials and law-enforcement. many of you in this room. must feel like you are pushing a folder of the hill but you are saving lives.
thank you for what you do. i want to talk about three approaches that i believe can help. the flow need to stop of illegal guns into our cities they were his. neighborhoods. [applause] last year and the year before, chocolate -- the chicago police department recovered more illegal guns than their counterparts in new york and los angeles combined. about 65% of the crime guns , we cand in chicago debate about what exactly are founding fathers met with the second amendment of the constitution but we know when they wrote the words a well relate -- well regulated, they were not talking about nine-year-old armed with a nine millimeters semi automatic handguns. yet, those are the type of firearms that are fleet fueling the bloodshed in chicago.
, thebert jackson once said constitution is not a suicide pact. i agree. we can respect of the constitution and do more to keep dangerous guns out of the hands of criminals and children. your are a few of the things and i salute the state legislators here today. gun dealers in illinois should obtain state licenses, follow commonsense safety measures to keep people who should not possess guns to require guns. and salutehe efforts those who are here to support them as well to require reasonable safety measures. no state, including illinois can stop illegal flow of guns alone. toughen the week federal laws to stop straw gun purchases and illegal drug trafficking introduced a bipartisan bill with susan collins and senator pat leahy. congress should also close, the
glaring gaps in fbi background checks that make it easy for convicted felons, terrorists, people with mental instability and others to get handguns and other weapons. we cannot just police our way out of this epidemic of violence. if we are going to ask young men to put down their guns, we have the opportunity chance at a better life and that has to include a job. i'm glad to see the father here. he has spoken to this group before and we know him by reputation. he is my friend. we know he is a pastor. that a year and a half ago,
got a message. he wanted to tell me about a young man 26 years old, a former -- this young man and the father had an interesting history. several years ago, the man put out a hit on the father for the trouble he was causing gangs in the neighborhood. it sounds like mike. one day, that young man came and asked will you help me? i want out. i would don't want to live this way. in in a ged course. , young man was driving down the street with his grandmother went to gang members walked up and shot him and his grandmother in the head. she survived but he didn't. it was packed with gang members for the young man's funeral. he asked the mourners this question -- how many of you young brothers would like to
give up this life? how many want to go to school and get a job? 150 men came up. father said i could find jobs for three or four them but what about the rest? until we can ask her that question -- retaliation of killing in chicago. look at the numbers that tell the story. 39% of youngeport, black and brown men in chicago, 39% between the ages of 20 and 24 are not working and not in school. remember that number, 39%. nationwide, 25% of young african-american and latino men out of work and that a year and, got a unders -- out of school. white men, 8%. the researchers looked at where the homicides occurred in chicago. they found five neighborhoods, austin, inglewood, west inglewood, grand causing.
they account for about 8% of the city's population but 32% of the murderers. in those five neighborhoods, the jobless rates among young black and brown men range from 79% to 91%. iss anyone doubt there connection? the one summer chicago program brought together community groups, businesses and others to provide summer jobs to 31,000 young people. i have seen them. they are transformative. for many young people, it is the first time in their lives. many other organizations are also working to bring jobs to the neighborhoods. if you are part of those efforts, thank you. a week after he took office, president trump tweeted that he would send in the feds in chicago does not. i say if you want to use the powers of the federal government to help and violence in chicago, we welcome your help. send us federal dollars to
revive her economically abandoned neighborhoods, send us help for job training and apprenticeship programs. helpless closeout ravages that outrageous tax loopholes that ship jobs overseas and instead let's have a tax code that rewards american countries, creating jobs for americans with decent paying benefits. [applause] senator sherry brown of ohio is introducing a bill to do just that. i also introduce a bill to expand tax credits to employers who hire at risk communities. to make its gas bill easier for community organizations to apply directly for federal funds to support summer and year-round youth employment programs. i am milling to meet -- willing to meet with this president anytime if you want to work to create jobs and a more positive environment in the city. [applause]
the last proposal about to get in is critically important and often overlooked. if we are ever going to start the bloodshed, we must learn to recognize and heal the deep wounds that violence and dramatic loss inflicts on the minds of those exposed to it. especially the developing brains of children. a year ago, i went to cook county juvenile detention center and spent the better part of a day meeting with teenagers waiting for trial for having shot people and talking to those who work with them. those ready for trial, do not come and go. they are there for a long amount of time. i said to the counselors at the cook county juvenile detention center, what do you find when you sent -- sit down with his young lee\men? we find everything -- bipolar, depression, we find it all. those awaiting
trial coming through this cook county juvenile detention center, we find the same thing. they have either been victims of violence or exposed to violent trauma. that is not a coincidence, my friends. it is a reality. many have lost parents to addictions, incarceration or death. they have grown up in poverty and chaos. they lost friends, classmates and family members to violence. now when i visit classrooms in the city and other places, i say how many of you here have seen some on killed? memberit or class murdered? how many of you have seen someone you know or love murdered? if you have, you will never forget it. how many of you worry every minute of every day a stray bullet could come out of nowhere and enter life or someone you love? ask yourself what if you were eight euros old and just answered yes to both of those
questions? now i went over to the va hospital and was invited for a counseling session for returning veterans. these are former members of the military who are carefully screened before they were inducted. they were trained by professionals. they were sent into combat with careful supervision and support and yet they come home and desperate need for support and counseling to heal their wounds. how can we possibly believe that children who grew up surrounded by the daily threat of violence could cope on their own and just outgrow the germanic spirits is.
technology has given us definitive proof that exposure to violence and from a dramatically affects kids. traumance and repeated leaves emotional scars that could last a lifetime but literally change a child's brain chemistry. result in what could lead to emotional difficulties, -- the elemental delays and a variety of chronic health conditions it perpetuates the cycle of poverty. we know children who experience violence are likely to experience asthma, panic and flashback. they are likely to suffer from and zaidi -- anxiety. they also suffer from learning. took a vocabulary test shortly after a murder in the neighborhood performed dramatically worse.
as though as they lost several years of academic progress compared to the students tested before the murder. a single bullet could ripple through a family and a community , shattering the fragile sense of certainty and security that many of us take for granted and leaving in its place grief and unimaginable loss and heartbreak. we now know that adults that experienced trauma and violence as children are likely to suffer from heart disease, stroke, diabetes, depression, addiction, liver disease and many other chronic conditions. die youngerkcker and and people do not grow up with surrounding by violence. children exposed to trauma and violence will deliver these problems or have these mental and physical challenges. with proper care, many children who are harmed can be healed, but for too many children in violent still the neighborhoods, their biography becomes their biology. here is the reason why.
it's estimated only 25% of the children in america who need mental health care actually receive it. black and brown children, those most likely to experience this violence, are even less likely to receive the help they need to prevent trauma related mental and physical difficulties. to put it another way, when it comes to gun violence in chicago, sign me up for 1000 cops and 1000 counselors. we need them both. [applause] here's the good news. the good news is there are many people in this room, many i have met who are showing a path forward. -- is shessue here? here? atleen has an amazing staff larry children's hospital. we spent many times to talk about the work. she came to washington recently
to brief the staff on the effective violence and toxic stress. she has taken on the daunting task of educating senators. she has done pretty well. the center of childhood resilience works with school district all over the state educating and training not just school professionals but humidity -- community health experts and parents to recognize and help. a few months ago, i went to a school with all hispanic kids. they had decided to pick out 1200 kids, four that they could help. four out of 1200. naturally they went to those that needed help the most. a mother told me the story. a hispanic lady told me the story that she had two little kids in the first and third grade and that six month before, her husband walked into the living room where they were all sitting, took out a gun and killed himself in front of them. as a result of that experience, these kids started going through flashbacks, night terrors.
they had no interest in anything. their mother called one of the teachers and suggested that both of them be part of this program. those little children opened up and talked about their grief, fear and anger. andt the kids afterwards they didn't know the circumstances of why i was there. perfectly normal and happy kids who have been through that life shattering experience. the mother said to us when i look at what has happened to kids, i will get some counseling too. we understand folks are looking for help. chicago has the knowledge and leadership and infrastructure to become a national leader. we have an army of organizations that have made a difference. ther mayor emmanuel and public health commissioner, chicago is working to become the largest trauma helping city in america. i introduced a bill in the senate to help make it happen.
it is called the trauma and farm care for family and children's act. my partners are heidi heitkamp of north dakota and al franken from minnesota and in the house, congressman danny davis. he knows the heartbreak of gun violence. last year, his 15-year-old grandson was killed by two teenagers arguing over shoes and clothes. i could not ask for a better partner in this effort. the need for trauma informed care is staggering. a 2013 study conducted in chicago, found nearly nine out of 10 kids age 15 to 17 had been exposed to this kind of violence. one in three lost a close friend or family member. one in five witnessed a murder first-hand. few received any mental health services at all. this bill will build on innovation here and other places, educate and train adults who can help these young people, front line people, expand medicaid coverage of trauma informed counseling and services to more schools.
enable more kids to benefit from these curriculum. provide proven mental health perhaps to help young people. young people are 21 times more likely to go to a school clinic than another clinic for care. we want to make sure we're there to help them. our bill will enlist community leaders. jay and joy luster, i met jay in the course of this project. thousands of students in chicago are taking advantage of that now. mentors from the ymca urban warriors programs. coach wayne garden, he has been on front lines of battle 42 years, am i right, wayne on that? he moved into lawndale neighborhood, raised his family there and never left. wayne, thank you for all you have done with mike and others in the community. [applause]
one of my friends went to jerusalem and saw a program there dealing with trauma and violence decided to bring it back here. let me give a shout out to pastor chris harris from bright star church in brownsville. [applause] chris, thank you so much. we need to have the best practices that come out of these experiences and the ones we learned from around the country to make this better. making these changes will not break the bank. it will make better use of money we're currently spending on violence in this city. we'll look at every federal program that reaches kids from head start to home visits to health care to make sure it includes strategies for identifying trauma. you know what costs more than treating trauma? ignoring it. it has been two decades since the first research showed us the link. think how much money we could have saved in health costs if we followed that lead? centers for disease control estimates that america spends $124 billion a year on health care for adult patients with a history of early trauma.
how many lives, how many billions of dollars a year might we save by treating childhood trauma to avoid the problem before it becomes worse? it costs dramatic amount of money to incarcerate these young people. wouldn't it be better to counsel them? our bill is supported by 100 chicago organizations -- american academy of pediatrics, national education association, national council of juvenile and family courts but the most powerful endorsements for trauma informed care may come from two young men from inglewood. deshawn hanna and dan blake are cousins. deshawn is 20. dantrel will turn 21 this month. both men were shot in separate incidents months apart in 2015. dantrel has a bullet in his leg. the cousins caught a break that changed their lives when he went back to the hospital for a follow-up. let me thank you, tony, for the
great work that you do every single day there. you deserve a lot of applause. [applause] so when he went back to stroger, he went into a woman named arecia williams. she worked with young people who are victims of violence. she convinced them to go back and finish high school. then she persuaded them to get involved with chicago fire. amazing program that uses glass blowing and therapy to heal scars of violence and chart a new course for their lives. before they met her, they never thought of going to college. between them, they have been accepted at five colleges and they're weighing their options. they're working as peer counselors at healing hurt people, helping other young men who have been shot and lost friends and family members to violence. helping to teach doctors and other health professionals how to recognize and heal the psychic wound that violence
inflicts. somehow, even with all of these demands, they were able to join us today. ladies and gentlemen, a hand for them. [applause] there is a lot of hurt in this city but there's a lot of hope, too. i hope you ask yourself, what can i do about this? what can i do to make chicago a national leader healing childhood trauma? statues of confederate leaders reflect painful racial wound from our history, many deep, racial disparities continue to wound us today. voter suppression, lack of jobs, traumatized kids in communities. we have to come to together to heal our communities. there are things we can do. defend voting rights, work for more jobs, be an advocate for change including trauma informed care for children.
be a mentor for kids who need an adult to trust. if you're part of the corporate community and stepped up, thank you. if you haven't, please consider it. there are some great employers in our city who are hiring and training young men and women from violence scarred neighborhoods. if you talk to them, they will tell you young kids are resilient and determined workers they have. frankly, not enough businesses are getting involved yet. we need your help. in closing, let me leave you with words of hope from one of america's great poets, maya angelou. here is what she wrote. "history despite its wrenching pain cannot be unlived and if faced with courage need not be lived again." thanks for inviting me. i will take some questions. [applause]
>> thank you very much, senator durbin. and if anybody back there in the audience has questions, hold up your blue card, members of our staff will come by, pick them up, the senator will try to answer as many questions as we can. thank you, i would like to recognize my congressman, congressman danny davis, who just joined us. [applause] this is like a triple header today. i have my u.s. senator, my congressman and my alderman. boy, unbelievable. >> [inaudible] >> remember, all politics are local. this is from mike bowers sitting over here, city club member.
what do you think of the proposed acquisition by sinclair broadcasting of tribune media? do you expect the acquisition to be completed? sen. durbin: mike, i don't know what we'll have to say about that in terms of their acquisition. i am familiar with sinclair. i am being kind, they are a very conservative organization. they used to put in editorial comments. i would demand, occasionally get opportunity for rebuttal. hard for me to imagine that kind of operation taking over with wgn. seems like a hometown radio station with deep roots in chicago history. hard to imagine outsiders coming in. we've seen great dislocations already. the tribune, the sun-times, and other things. i worry about the change of the approach at the station. >> thank you. lots of questions, great.
ok, charlie garder, roosevelt university trustee. do democrats have a chance to recapture the senate in 2018? sen. durbin: right now, it is 48 democrats, 52 republicans. there are 25 democrats up for re-election, nine republicans. so the numbers are not in our sen. durbin: right now, it is 48 out of those 25 democrats, there favor. are many in states that donald trump carried. now historically, except with one exception, off-year elections have not been kind to a president's party. the other party picked up seats in the house and senate. and so, maybe, just maybe, we may pick up some seats but there are only two possibilities. if you look at the nine republican seats. and that would be nevada and i think the u.s. house of republican (tives may be more ikely to turn and there are lots of candidates running in districtse republican
8 different as democrats and there's a lot that out and grass roots and could be a fascinating election. senator.you this from paul singer not a city member. we'll ask you a question this we expect you to join. he is a liberal democratic voter. trump shut down the federal government if the wall?oes not fund >> i doubt that's what's going to happen? he's adamant he wants to see that big beautiful wall by the d paid for mexicans in some way or another. i doubt that will happen and the is that the i believe that we've been through this scenario a few months ago finish the budget for this fiscal year and the republicans now in control of
do not wantd senate to carry the burden of having to on down the government their watch for anything. so we face two critical votes. and then next year text tension of the national have hich if we do not do have the same impact. i don't think the president or the republican leaders want that their watch. >> thank you. whererom city club member do you propose the fund willing from to support the mental y increase in health therapy? healthcare system mental health insurance through america. served havee i have the most effective when they're dealing with issue that touches
personally. there was a time when paul ellstone of minnesota with a brother who suffered from mental conservative republican from new mexico had a son that suffered from mental they kept beating the insurance industry and this you have to include with other and they finally won affordable in the for act and it makes a big most of us like in this room with healthcare through employers. have to make sure that medicaid serving many lower populations has access too. to offer clinics have behavioral health but we have to keep the funding going. we're hanging by a thread now as to what's going to happen to america's healthcare system. it sink dent said let and go under and let the democrats beg us to fix it. doesn't happen.
throughout that the president and members of congress will their healthcare insurance and the people across america will pay a heavy price. often see patty murray are going to start hearings as soon as we return in couple of weeks what to do to strengthen the system and move it forward. incidentally that's where we should have started 7 months ago. is question his consultantsportation and he has a good one. is there hope for broad partisan ship and what's that for infrastructure initiative. it's easy to explain. other china and countries and what we need in this state and country and the
you fund it?w do how do you fund it? e haven't touched the federal gas tax in 15-18 years. t's a gas tax imposeed by gallon and as we drive and burn money comes less in the highway fund and we still have pothole so the funding mechanism is easier on my side the other but an that's crucial. let me just add one footnote. moving toward more and more electric vehicles. e'll see more of that done and as a consequence fewer gallons burned.are likely to be how will we fund the infrastructure of this country. calculation.new maybe its by the mile. use hing that reflects the of the highway and reinvest back into it. not the thing that will stop us. >> thank you. an question is from
hopkins l from brian second ward and ceo of the new dead and s trump care what can we expect to see in the coming month? >> i've been in the house and for a long time and thank you for those of you that helped me. i've seen a lot of votes. half a dozen of those fit in the things like war. when you're voting about whether or not you're going to go to war you're not lying a wake rolling back and forth you're not thinking. way or ll be lost one the other so you'll always remember those votes and they're remember because that's your bill. my bill to do this and that and other thing. while you're on top of that remember for it a lifetime but others that don't fit in those categories and the vote on care at 2:30 in the morning was one of those. mccain come hn
through the senate doors and walk up to the desk on the republican side and lift his as far as he can and no that that was the end of mccain who hanks to stepped forward but it was not the answer to what we do with current healthcare system. i believe in the affordable care act. if you have you ever been the father of a haveusly ill child and you no health insurance, you'll never forget it as long as you live. there.and i've been i don't want anyone else there i voted for it. virtually nation-wide but it's not perfect. individual marketplace premiums are way too high. people are d sicker signing up and younger healthier ones are not. there's absolutely nothing the affordable care act the cost of
prescription drugs it's breaking the bank. it's reached the point there's no control in terms of the rise of prices. things we have to do to make this healthcare system work if pass care is not going to we have to get something moving basis.d on a bipartisan >> thank you very much. weekly meeting american question. enator, please tell us your thoughts on initiating mpeachment and what caused requires. told you we'd have some zingers. impeachment is initiating in representatives. and should it occur and i've one of them i will be a member of the jury and the probably best i
leave it there. >> very good. a question. you indicated your democratic chairs why have you not ried to involve republican co-chairs in the house. all of course represents illinois?state of >> i certainly working on the senate side first. nld a senator collins is i have so many bipartisan bills. we integrated the dream act. my co-sponsor and reform is clubbing of iowa. what's that all about?
a majority. i need them and i need them and their i'm not aversed to having republican co-sponsorship in support. you many issues care about we'll keep asking for. gathering your thoughts this is a compliment. gordon from the children hospital. andk you for your integrity steadfast leadership over so many years work together serve nation. and our we need you especially now in times.ery difficult thank you. >> well here as question though have limited time we can k bably go on for hours from with sutton place financial. can you add clarity to what's on in washington?
give you two numbers to give you an idea where america is today. roughly two thirds of the american people have said in a embarrassed by president. republicans don't see anything wrong yet. listen to what i said in the and many republican senators some have said to me because my ck home republican primary voters are still loyal to the president and that is part of the in the that we face meantime this president comes to the avenues with virtually no political or experience and does not have a reflect this
experience. can't tell you the congressional lee save son for this president. you can't be effective in eading forward an agenda whatever it is without understanding how the hill work people working with you in your own party. what the president said about it hard onnell makes for him to work with him in the future and understand they have another a few ne weeks and that's part of the reason things not moving quickly. last questions. the first one do you feel the of illinois is beatabl beatable? feel the ess of how i numbers say he is. other who is and are here is, his numbers are not state at this e
moment. i will say this. my ent a better part of adult life working for the state and i'm honored to do it. it's a great honor to do and i'm last fewken to see the years what's happened our state. there's things that are take to repair. decade the city of carbon dale illinois blessed with this eclipse and all the tourists that came but i went from enrollment 16,000.ousand to they had more students kentucky andout to missouri and indiana schools than ever in history because of uncertainty of the state budget. city, nice guy who supports e and some crazy way says to me, we've had 50 real estate months ago of a few
and 250 properties for sale. biggest driver of the economy is the university. black hawk college yesterday and talk to a fellow in charge of admissions and he students would rather go to school in iowa because they think there's more and the state will provide whatever assistance they here.rovide than the damage done to illinois is self-inflicted. this is not some great devastation at the hand of god ut something that we have been party to and have to do and to think t that we're even questioning whether we'll open the schools time after this is shameful. the dignity of the
leader of illinois to pit one of the state against another. we are one state and should be as much. my father was born in deep illinois and raised my son paul in down state illinois i'm proud of it ch. this is a fantastic place. people and to think we would have to choose is ofething beneath the dignity a public office. so speaking of great restaurants you eaten at that state odge where you get thereat fried chicken dinner $1 and 99? mcarthurs et that at
on the west side. one last question. your colleague any thoughts about mitch and his relationship president? >> well it's not very good. has been esident public about that. i think senator mcconnell made a announcing he was going o something called reconciliation. he does not want to take it. he can heal move reconciliation. no meants and simple majority passes. and doesn't want to get in the world of 60 votes. unfortunatelyhe's put us in a position on the bringinge system we're before us to change in one sixth of the economy of america that
one has read and can possibly that's why three members of his own party would not support it. i hope senator will call any of i'll take all right flier at the regular order of business and see how this works together and do it put us on the spot. we should be doing it together. i think you have elected us to solve problems together and that an durbin and maybe mack catch has to compromise but we get the st we can and most done that we can, so i'm still honored to serve though i this last year has been very unusual in the likely tates senate and to continue. city club. thanks.
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