WILL THE PRESIDENT KEEP HIS COMMITMENTS? -- (House of Representatives - July 22, 2004)
(Mr. PASCRELL asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. PASCRELL. Mr. Speaker, every single law enforcement organization, including the Fraternal Order of Police, the National Sheriffs Association, supports our efforts, or lack of them, our efforts to continue the ban on assault weapons. Their only purpose is to kill or maim. The President made a commitment in his campaign in 2000. He said it. I did not. He said he would continue that ban, and now he is gone back on it.
Now, Mayor Bloomberg of New York said something very interesting 2 weeks ago. You folks are going up there for
your convention. They had 11 homicides 2 weekends ago. He stood in a press conference and said, there are too many
weapons on the street.
I say to Mayor Bloomberg, call your President, remind him of the commitment he made in the 2000 campaign, the
presidential campaign, and make sure he keeps those commitments. We do not need another Columbine. We do not
need another spraying of people who are innocently lost day in and day out. What we need is keeping our commitment.
Will the President?