(Ms. JACKSON LEE asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)
Ms. JACKSON LEE. ``I heard `pow, pow, pow.' Then for a few seconds, it stopped and then `pow, pow, pow.' I just started running.''
Mr. Speaker, the sentiments of this newspaper fell upon me and many other Americans, the words again--``another mass shooting in the United States of America.''
Now, at the Naval Sea Systems Command--the naval command here in Washington, D.C.--and in coming from Texas, it reminded me of the horrific tragedy and terrorist act of Fort Hood. If you cannot call this terrorism, you could call it a domestic rampage, but what you could call it is a failing for what we in the United States Congress have not done, and that is to pass universal background checks and to focus on the mental health needs of those who are disturbed and might cause the havoc and the loss of life of so many that families today mourn.
As we stand here today, the question becomes: How much longer will it take us to pass sensible gun legislation to stop this violence?
I pray for those who have lost their lives, Mr. Speaker, and I ask this Congress to act and to pass universal background checks and the stopping of these ridiculous top secret clearances by outsourcing.