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Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013 -- Continued

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mrs. FEINSTEIN. Mr. President, I have watched these votes and I must say I view them with substantial dismay at the lack of courage in this Chamber--courage to stand and say: We have had enough of these killings. We have had enough of the development of highly militarized weapons--easy to shoot, big clips, 100-plus bullets in each, large velocity guns--falling into the hands of grievous killers, juveniles, people who are mentally disturbed. There will be no background checks, apparently, and we have a proliferation of these weapons.

I have a hard time understanding it. We are here on 6-year terms for a reason: to take votes on difficult issues. Everything needs 60 votes today. This is supposed to be a majority body. We have crafted an assault weapons bill to truly represent the people of America. Every single poll has shown support for this.

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Mrs. FEINSTEIN. Let me conclude by saying this: I know how this is going to end, and the despair and the dismay of families standing out there whose safety we need to protect, and we don't do it--I am very chagrined and concerned. If anybody cares, vote at least to prospectively ban the manufacture, the sale, the importation of military-style assault weapons. Show some guts. Thank you.'

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