tv U.S. Senate Sen. Gilllibrand on Gun Policy CSPAN March 1, 2018 5:30pm-5:46pm EST
failed w to get 60 votes we endd up empty-handed on the daca issue. i don't want that to happen again. i'm not going to go home and tell my constituents in texas i didn't do my very best to make sure that we did something and something meaningful that would save lives in the future. six next is the best way to do that and do that now. mr. president, you before. >> mr. president i rise to speak about the mass murder in florida last month and i rise to ask a simple question that millions of americans in every part of this country are asking at their kitchen tables right now. is congress finally going to do anything meaningful about gun violence? when will enough be enough?
what will it take for this body to move beyond the same talking points that here after every mass shooting and do something to prevent more deaths? mr. president, will congress finally see what the vast majority of americans he, gun owners and non- gun owners alike but will their gun violence problems it's not going away unless congress musters up the courage to take it head-on or will congress continue to give the lip service of thought and prayers and do absolutely nothing. we have to ask because once again there was a massacre on american soil. once again it was in side a school and once again american
children were gunned down. we keep living through a nightmare of gun violence that repeats itself in schools, movie theaters, churches, nightclubs, concerts and every single day on this street of thehe city's in every state around this country. sandy hook, aurora, charleston, san bernardino orlando, las vegas, sutherland springs in most recently parkland florida. mr. president, we can help stop this. we have the power to help stop this and the question is whether congress has a political will to do that. 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 iran for office. weer are here as public servants to serve the people to send us here, not to serve the industries process and not to serve the organizations and companies and lobbyists that demand political retribution when we do the morally right thing. does congress have the will to act and does congress have the basic courage this country nee needs? i am sorry to say that i don't know. we can't it to the test. there has been a lot of talk, more than normal, even about our need to act in this chamber. i will say this to my colleagues
let's make this time different. let's listen to the children from stoneman douglas high school and let's seize this moment and let's take action. i am import my colleagues to listen to the country is saying about gun violence today. listen to the families, listen to the survivors from f parklan. tune out all the other noise. i did. it is possible. ten years ago i had an a rating from the nra, just like many of my colleagues today but when i met [inaudible], when i met her
classmates, she was an honor student from brooklyn and she was dancing with her friends, having fun, loving life. she was killed by a stray bullet in her community. now i have an f rating from the nra. i don't understand how after meeting with all these families, after meeting with all these children whose lives have been destroyed and torn apart by gun violence, i don't understand how any public servant would not bow
to do what is necessary in to make sure that never happens again. it is what we do after a terrorist attack. so we do we say never again and we do it ever takes to protect our country and we have to have the very same sense of urgency now, plain and simple and 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 we cannot and gun violence without violating people constitutional rights. mr. president, it is time for members of congress to stand up for what is right for america
and do what is right for our communities and say no to the nra. i commend one of our colleagues in the house of representatives, a republican from florida, an army veteran who has seen this crisis differently now, too. he wrote, quote, i know that my community, our schools and public gathering places are not made safer by any person having access to the best killing tool the army could put in my hands. i cannot support the primary weapon i use to defend our people being used to kill childrenks i swore to the. that is what leadership looks like. i implore my colleagues on the senate to see our gun violence problems differently, see it your heart.
see it for what it is. it is a matter of national security, a public health, public safety that will never go away unless congress does its job. once and for all let's pass laws that are meaningful and that can do something, not just something simple so we can say we did something in the bond. i strongly agree with my colleagues that we need to improve the mental health system and let's make those investments but it should not stop there. we have to address the fact that we have weapons of war on our street today. we have to address the fact that it is so easy for people to buy a gun and people who should never have that privilege. let's vote to ban semi automatic
assault rifles in congress is already fully banned them. congress has already recognized that some weapons have no place in the civilian world and a weapon of war that was designed forse military use that can fire up to 100 rounds in one minute or a hundred rounds if you just ahead a bump stop,p a weapon tht completely outgunned a police officer and has no place in the civilian world so where are my colleagues vote, we need to ban semi automatic assault rifles. then let's vote to ban the high-capacity magazines that go with them. they are made for wars, not me to be in our schools. not in ours. cities. high-capacityre magazines let killers fire dozens of rounds
without having to quickly stop and reload. they are designed to let someone as possible in the shortest amount of time. let's vote to ban high magazine, high-capacity magazine and let's vote to pass universal background check. that is something that is so common sense, so obvious, too many people who should not get their hands on his ovens are easily able to get them. there are so many loopholes that allow people to buy semi automatic rifles online where there are no background checks. they allow peoplepl to buy semi automatic assault rifles at gun shows where there are no background checks. it simply does not make sense that every person buys a firearm
doesn't go through a basic background check system. you know who agrees with that? 97% of the american people. i can't think of any other issue where there is such near universal agreement across our entire population. let's do what our constituents are demanding from us, not the nra demanding from us and vote to pass universal back contracts and when we do it let's make sure that the effort is sincere andro that we are only voting on universal back contracts when it tied to the issue of when it carries reciprocity but that is not a sincere attempt to fix our broken back on check system. if congress is saying that we will only pass universal back contracts if we pass a new law
that says it is a stranger from one state has 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 back contracts now. let's finally overturn this outrageous law from even studying the issue of gun deat deaths. the cdc can study any other cause of death, heart disease, cancer, car crashes, plane crashes unless it involves a gun. don't you think it's strange that when we debate this issue that two things related to gun violence that congress has actually banned in recent years our research -- research on gun violence and a ban on the atf forom using computers to keep records.
let's vote to allow this cdc to conduct research on gun violence so we can finally have theee information and data we need to fight gun violence as effectively as possible and let's also pass a law to finally make gun trafficking a federal crime. over and over again law enforcement officers keep finding illegally obtained guns being used in crimes, numerous nypd officers have been killed by guns that were of w legally obtained by criminals and there is no federal, no federal law to stop someone from loading his truck guns in georgia, driving up the i-95 and selling them in a parking lot in the bronx, directly to gang members. i have a bill that will make this illegal. it is called the [inaudible]
act. it's bipartisan because both parties agree that gun trafficking is a source of gun violence in our cities. this bill is named after the little girl who i mentioned earlier and another teenager fromtr chicago who was also kild by a stray bullet. both guns in those kinds were trafficked. let's pass this bill and finally make gun trafficking a federal crime. mr. president, if we are not trying to solve this problem now that we are feeling as elected leaders's in congress must solve america's gun violence crisis now. it is urgent in our country is demanding it and america deserves more congress than just banning bump stops, just fixing
next and which, while i strongly support both of them, will not do enough on their own. let us not feel or country aga again. mr. president, i would like to ask our colleagues to e-mail he vote to ban semi automatic assault rifles and bump stops to pass universal back and check system and to close all of the loopholes and to allow the cdc to research gun violence and cause of death. to close the show loophole and to finally make federal trafficking a federal crime. i yield poor. >> mr. president, i visited columbia which was located i