February 26, 2019 - Issue: Vol. 165, No. 35 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 1st Session
GUN VIOLENCE; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 35
(House of Representatives - February 26, 2019)
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[Page H2111] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] GUN VIOLENCE (Mr. MOULTON asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. MOULTON. Mr. Speaker, last year I attended a rally where the father of a gunshot victim spoke, and he talked about all the things that he and other people around this country are doing to end senseless gun violence. Then he turned to the crowd and asked: But what is Congress doing? And tens of thousands of Americans, as if they had rehearsed it hundreds of times, all said in unison: ``Nothing.'' But what is Congress doing? Nothing. Standing in that crowd was not a proud moment for me, because he is right. Mr. Speaker, 37 Americans have died from gun violence in my district alone in the past 5 years. Gun violence is now the second leading killer of young people Nationwide, trailing only car accidents. For too long, Congress has done exactly what the crowd said: nothing. This week, we are putting forth legislation to enhance background checks, but this alone isn't enough. Thoughts and prayers won't cut it. Only action saves lives. This is just a start. ____________________