(House of Representatives - April 17, 2013)

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                      PASS GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION

  (Ms. JACKSON LEE asked and was given permission to address the House 
for 1 minute.)
  Ms. JACKSON LEE. Today, Mr. Speaker, the other body has an 
opportunity to do what 90 percent of the American people would like us 
to do--to be prayerful and to come together to respond to the horrific 
siege of gun violence in America.
  It is important to note that, on average, 13 young people from ages 
10 to 24 are victims of homicide every day, and 82.8 percent of these 
youth are killed by a gun. Every 30 minutes a child or teenager in 
America is injured by a gun. Every 3 hours and 15 minutes a child or a 
teenager loses their life from a firearm. In 2010, 82 children under 
the ages of 5 lost their lives due to guns. To put that number in 
perspective, 58 law enforcement lost their lives.
  And so today, we don't have to violate the Second Amendment. As I 
said, we can be prayerful. We can pass universal background checks--the 
same thing we do with registering our cars, getting licenses. This is a 
time for America to rise to our higher angels and do what our children 
need them to do. I ask the Senate to challenge its conscience and to 
vote for universal background checks to stop the violence.