tv U.S. House of Representatives Rep. Bennie Thompson on Mass Shootings in the... CSPAN May 17, 2022 4:01am-4:05am EDT
hosts who night after night propagated ideas straight from al qaeda's propaganda materials. we wouldn't tolerate it. nobody would for one moment think that that was acceptable in the united states of america. but because it is a domestic problem, rooted in our own society, it's harder. we have to find a way to come together nonetheless. i think there are two kinds of leaders in america today. not democrat, republican, liberal, conserve. there are leaders who when they see a fire burning, they reach for a bucket of water to put it out. and there are leaders who when they see a fire burning reach for a can of gasoline to make that fire burn even more. we desperately need leaders in this country of both political parties who will try to calm things down, who will tamp down
these horrible, hateful ideas, whether they're coming from the left, the right, wherever they're coming from. because these ideas are leading to people being gunned down in our country and it's the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from mississippi is recognized. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. chairman. i thank the gentleman from new jersey for yielding. mr. speaker, violence-shattered communities -- violence shattered communities across the country this weekend, making it a very sad one for this nation. first, on friday night in milwaukee, 21 people were injured in a mass shooting as the city hosted the nba playoffs. then on saturday a gunman who posted a manifesto online he is spousing -- espousing violent white is you premmist viewpoints -- is you premmist viewpoints -- supremist view points drove two hours and opened fire on customers, killing 10 innocent
people. finally yesterday in california, an armed intruder burst into a predominantly taiwanese christian congregation meeting in a presbyterian church, killing one congregant and critically wounding four others. today we mourn with these communities and families who were rocked by this violence. but we also must continue asking tough questions about what is fueling such racially motivated violent extremism. just months ago f.b.i. director wray told congress domestic terrorism is metastasizing through this country and was not going away any time soon. the intelligence community recently warned that racially motivated violent extremism poses the most lethal domestic terrorism threat.
while americans may not see eye-to-eye on what factors contribute to the current threat landscape, there seems to be general agreement that public places in general and houses of worshiple. the speaker: the house will be in order. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> seek permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute -- the speaker: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, this past weekend