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Condemning the Horrific Attacks in Newtown, Connecticut, and Expressing Support and Prayers for All Those Impacted by This Tragedy

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Ms. DeGETTE. ``Not again.'' We all said it to ourselves in the split second we heard it on Friday, ``Not again.'' Then, when we heard about the victims, we knew it was different. Twenty little children slaughtered in their classroom. In our sadness, we know our society bears responsibility because we have not done enough to protect our children.

We have not been able to get a grip on the increasing incidence of gun massacres, and because of that we have failed our children.

In the wake of Newtown, this country must really have a conversation about our views on violence, our views on guns, and how we're going to respond to people who are obviously mentally ill. Certainly through that conversation we can find consensus around reasonable solutions to keep these killing machines out of the hands of impaired individuals.

There's not one magic solution. It's not one thing. It's many things. It starts by us having inward conversations with ourselves and our families. It then starts by creating a more comprehensive and effective mental health system. Then we have to have a meaningful conversation about gun violence in our country. We are never going to be able to stop a deranged individual from going into a school or a movie theater or a shopping mall to shoot people; but if you limit the weapons and the ammunition available to them, you can give the people in their sights some fighting chance to stop that killer.

Of the 12 deadliest shooting massacres in history, six have occurred since 2007. In 1999, in my second term of Congress, I dealt with the devastation of Columbine, which is now in my district. Just this summer, I stood here like the Connecticut Representatives.

The SPEAKER pro tempore. The time of the gentlewoman has expired.

Mr. MURPHY of Connecticut. I yield the gentlelady 30 additional seconds.

Ms. DeGETTE. I stood right here with my Representatives from Colorado, like the Connecticut delegation, and mourned our friends in Aurora. And now again we stand here.

We can start by passing a bill this week to ban high-capacity ammo clips, the same kind this killer used and the same kind the killer in Aurora used. My colleague and friend, Carolyn McCarthy, and I have a bill to do just that, and we're going to urge the Republican leadership to do that this week. But after that, we have to have that conversation as parents, as neighbors, as friends, and the custodians of those 20 courageous little souls and the adults who tried to protect them.


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