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Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013 -- Continued

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


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.


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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