tv U.S. House of Representatives House Debates Gun Violence Legislation CSPAN June 24, 2022 2:09pm-3:40pm EDT
extension of effective june 29 of the covered period designated on january 24, 2021. pursuant to section 11-b of house resolution such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. nadler: i would be remiss if i didn't comment on the decision of the supreme court minutes ago
to revoke the constitutional right to abortion. a right that millions of americans have relied upon for half a century. worse, justice thomas indicated this is merely the beginning of a radical right-wing effort to roll back other rights including the right to contraception, the right to marry whomever we choose and the fundamental right to privacy. and we should observe that the same justices telling us today that questions about reproductive rights must be left to the states told us just yesterday that the states cannot be trusted to regulate modern firearms. weapons that were never dreamed of by the trams of the -- frames of the second amendment. history will prove these activists wrong on both counts. today, mr. speaker, we take a historic first step toward ending the epidemic of gun violence in this nation. the only developed nation with this problem. we come to this moment after the tragic loss of so many innocent lives, 10 african-americans in buffalo, targeted because of their race. 19 young students and two
teaches for the uvalde just a few days short of their summer vacations. scores more lost in other mass shootings too numerous to mention. over 100 more americans kill everyday day in gun violence that never makes the headlines. no piece of legislation can ever bring these lives back. no legislation can make their families or the communities whole. but we can act to keep others from facing the same trauma that they have endured. a few weeks ago, i was proud to bring forth protecting our kids act which took a bipartisan and comprehensive approach to ending gun violence. i am pleased that the senate incorporated portions of that bill into their own legislation. i wish there was more. i wish we could say we were doing everything we could to prevent another parent from losing their child to gun violence. but i am proud to be making an important start today. this cannot be the last step. we also cannot let another day go by without taking action to make our communities safer and to keep even one more family
whole. recently, i have turned to a particular teaching in the talmud, whoever takes one life, it's as if he kills the entire world. and whoever saves one life, it's as if he saves the entire world. this legislation includes provisions that will save many lives. like the protecting our kids act, it includes funding to implement extreme risk prevention laws and prohibition on draw purchasing. it strengthens background checks for those under 21, makes more sellers responsible for conducting background checks, takes steps to address the boyfriend loophole and provides significant funding for programs that will make our community safer. today we will send legislation to the president's desk. for the first time in decades it will make progress toward ending the scourge of gun violence. i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting the bipartisan save our communities act and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman virginia tech. mr. jordan: mr. speaker, let me first say god bless the united states supreme court. god bless president trump for the people he selected for our highest court. today's decision is a win for the constitution and a win for the sanctity of human life. june 24, 2022, a win, a date that will be remembered for a win for the sacredness of human life. now, this bill. mr. speaker, the rights spelled out in the first amendment and protected by the second amendment are why the united states is different than every other country. it's why we are special -- we are the greatest nation in history. for 18 months the democrats have
attacked our first amendment liberties. today they are coming after our second amendment liberties. and who knows what it will be tomorrow. i can only imagine. my guess is in light of the decision yesterday from justice thomas, the decision today from the court, my guess is they are going to look to pack the court. chairman of the judiciary committee, democrat chair of the judiciary committee, has already introduced legislation to pack the court. might be amnesty for the two million illegal immigrants who have come into our country in the biden administration. they have told us they want toned the electoral college, filibuster. who knows what it will be tomorrow. today they are coming after americans', law-abiding americans' second amendment liberties. understand what this legislation does. this legislation tells states, someone who doesn't like you can report you to law enforcement or to a judge, there will be a hearing, a hearing where you can't be at, your lawyer can't be at, you can't confront your accuser.
you didn't commit any crime but they can take your property. they can take your gun. they can take your guns. they can take away your second amendment rights. and then you have to petition to have a subsequent hearing where you get them back. that's what this legislation does. understand this. this is so important. this is not being done in a vacuum. understand what we have seen from the left and how they have weaponized -- a government against their political enemies. 12 years ago it was the i.r.s. targeting conservatives. six years ago the f.b.i. spying on president trump's campaign. more recently it was the department of justice using counter terrorism measures against moms and dads. just a few weeks ago the department of homeland security set up a disinformation governance board. going to chill everyone's speech. today they are coming after your second amendment liberties. here's the good news. here's the good news. yesterday the supreme court got it right.
they got it right when it came to the second amendment. we should celebrate that. we should do everything we can. i hope this doesn't pass. it seems like it's going to. i hope it doesn't. i would urge a no vote, mr. speaker. would reserve the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: mr. speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished speak every of th, miss pa lowsy. the speaker pro tempore: the distinguished gentlewoman from of the house, speaker pa lowsy, is recognized for one minute. the speaker: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman for yielding. i thank him for his extraordinary leadership in bringing this very important legislation to the floor. i commend you, mr. chairman, as well as mr. mike thompson, the chair of our gun violence prevention task force and so many others who have participated in some of the elements of this legislation. i rise, mr. speaker, in support of the bipartisan safer communities act, a strong step forward to combat america's epidemic of gun violence and to
protect our precious children. as lawmakers we share a sacred responsibility to keep our kids safe from harm, but according to new data from the c.d.c., guns are the number one killer of children in america. more than car accidents or cancer. our hearts remain shattered by the rampage at robb elementary school in uvalde, as they do from the massacre at sandy hook and countless other communities across the nation. we know these schools could have been in any one of our districts and have been in some. those families could have been any one of our neighbors. and have been. and those children could have been our own. all of us who have met with survivors in the wake of the tragedies have heard their message loud and clear. we must do something. today in their honor we heed their powerful cry, sending the major gun violence prevention legislation to president biden's
desk for signature. and we send it to the president for his signature with gratitude for his leadership on this important issue. he was the author of the brady law in 1994, and has been a champion ever since. this legislation, the bipartisan safer communities act, includes several strong steps to save lives, not only from horrific mass shootings, but also from the daily massacre of gun crimes, suicide, and tragic accidents. as included in this package are two major provisions which we have championed here in the house. first, this bill includes significant investments to help states establish extreme risk protection order laws. otherwise known as red flag laws. thanks to the leadership of representative lucy mcbath, who has been our inspirational leader on this subject in our caucus and this congress and mrn
also keep deadly weapons away from those who pose a threat to themselves and others. secondly, this bill takes strong action to combat straw purchases that cause congresswoman robin kelly spearheaded. although we hear about the notorious mass murders every day on our streets of our -- and our country, murders take place. doing so will make it illegal to buy a gun on behalf -- this is robin kelly's straw purchases piece. doing so will make it illegal to buy a gun on behalf of those who cannot legally purchase it. if i can pass the test, i buy the gun. then i sell it to you. and you can't pass the test. straw purchase, very dangerous. this bill addresses that. that's a giant step. this package also includes additional initiatives that it will help reduce the danger of gun violence across our country.
we are moving toward closing the boyfriend loophole, a victory, to help protect survivors of domestic violence and to top abusers from acquiring a gun. this has long been a priority. we are strengthening background checks for potential buyers under 21 which would have applied to the 18-year-old gunman at uvalde. we are making enormous investments in mental health programs, school safety programs, and community-based violence prevention initiatives. i mention these, mr. speaker, because, of course, i have to say that this bill doesn't do everything we would like to do. we need to do more on background checks. ththere is some other language e would like to do with background checks not only on guns but high capacity armiament -- armament. i say to my colleagues, i frequently do, it applies here more than ever.
let us not judge this legislation for what it's not in it but respect it for what it does. and what it does is save lives. and we are very, very proud of that. again i thank chairman nadler, and gun violence protection task force chairman mike thompson, for their determined leadership in bringing this legislation to the floor. this package represents the most significant action to prevent gun violence in nearly three decades. and it is a necessary step to honor our solemn duty as lawmakers to protect and defend the american people. importantly the bipartisan safer communities act has earned strong support from gun owners, gun survivors, and law enforcements alike. gun owners for responsible ownership endorsed our bill saying we write today as responsible gun owners, above all else we are parents and grandparents of toddlers, students, and young teachers who
want them to be safe. every town for gun safety wrote that this commonsense legislation addresses every form of gun violence. and the fraternal order of police and the international associations of chiefs of police applauded our bipartisan agreement calling it a giant step forward and one that will save lives. i repeat, a giant step forward and one that will save lives. the statement of the fraternal order of police and the international association of chiefs of police. indeed, keeping our children safe is a unifying issue for our country. it must be a unifying issue in this congress. yesterday, our nation watched in horror as a radical partisan super majority of supreme court ruled to flood america's streets with more deadly weapons. it is unconscionable that as america reaches a fever pitch of gun violence the court, this court has chosen to create a new
right to bring guns into public spaces while hindering the ability of states to stop the blood shed. in doing so the g.o.p. super majority trump mcdonnell court is implicitly -- mcconnell court is implicitly ensuring the mass shootings plaguing our nation. with this bipartisan package we take the first steps to fight back on behalf of the american people who desperately want new measures to keep communities safe in the high numbers in the polling. our democratic house majority has again and again passed landmark legislation that would combat the scourge of gun vines. we will never give up in our fight to save lives. mr. speaker, our fight to prevent gun violence is of, by, and for the children. of the children because they are suffering. it's heartbreaking in america more children die from guns than any other cause. by the children because they are
leading. we see the children marching in the streets testifying before congress demanding action. and always for the children, a future wherever child can reach his or her fulfillment free from the fear of gun violence. to the members who lack the courage to join in this work, to those who lack the courage to join in this work, i say your political survival is insignificant compared to the survival of our children. and today we will prevail for the children. i urge a strong bipartisan aye vote for this lifesaving legislation. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california yields back. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: mr. speaker, i'll tell you what saves lives. the decision we got from the supreme court today saves lives. this bill takes rights away from law-abiding citizens. their second amount liberties. that's the key distinction. i yield two minutes to my
friend, the gentleman from louisiana, mr. johnson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from louisiana is recognized for two minutes. mr. johnson: thank you. speaker pelosi lectured us. guns are the number one killer of children in america. that's not true. abortion violence is the number one killer of children in america until today. there is no right to abortion in the constitution. and thankfully the supreme court finally said that decisively. thanks be to god. there is a right, however, a crystal clear right in the constitution, to keep and bear arms. here we are today, congress is moving full steam ahead to restrict the right to self-defense for law-abiding gun eners and -- owners. this legislation is the wrong approach and we ought to oppose it. in our judiciary committee markup several days ago, some of our democrat colleagues here on the floor today openly said they don't care about the constitution. they don't care about its protections. they want to overlook that. this bill does that. it's a perfect example of members of congress simply ignoring the threution. president biden and his administration are already disowe paying laws that we have on the books. to revoke firearm dealer licenses over simple
clericaller-e roars. this legislation will make that worse. this is not going to help anything. it's going to lead to more errors. more false flags. more backlogs. nothing in this bill fixes that. there is nothing in this bill to increase school safety. we want real solutions. we think we ought to harden the schools. physical improvements to help protect children. that's not here. they don't have time for that. two weeks ago hi a very moving conversation with a pastor on the ground ministering to the people of uvalde community who have suffered such an unspeakable loss. he said something that was really clear. i think it's echoed throughout america. people paid a lot of attention to it. you know what, we need to address the ruse causes of this blood shed. america's problem is not guns. america's problem is a heart problem. he's right. we are seeing today the results of decades of decline in the secularization of american society and open assault on our institution, family, religion, morality, the breakdown of law and order. the results of this on young
people in clinical settings, schools, and everywhere else. we want to did things that matter. it's not more gun control or federal laws or intrusive government. we need to address the root causes. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: mr. speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentlelady from texas, a member of the judiciary committee, ms. jackson lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas is recognized for one minute. ms. jackson lee: i stand here in the name of mr. garza whose daughter in uvalde bled out. buffalo, tulsa, parkland, santa fe, sandy hook. i stand here with the recognition of my children, mr. nadler, and the years and decades, mine over two decades, of fighting for gun laws. . so as i hold up the number of give up laws i introduced other
27 years, pages and pages, i can say to the senate, in this bill, they have built on our legislation. the p mental health access and prevention will help, the boyfriend loophole in this bill, the protecting our kids act and issues dealing with raising the age and bumper guns and ghost guns are yesterday yet to be done but we can stand on this because it was bipartisan. people are dying every day and it is obvious that through the legislation, "the new york times" said here are the shoot, pages and pages, that could have been stopped by stricter gun laws. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentlewoman is recognized for 30 seconds. ms. jackson lee: the article says mass shootings where stricter gun laws might have made a difference. we understand that this legislation is only the concrete beginning and my friends are going to attack that but the american people are 70% for banning various weapons that are
assault weapons. they are 70% and more for extreme risk protection. they are 70% and more for understanding that we need and extended time for purchase of these guns and yes, they are supporters of the bill, the storage bill, which says we need to get people to prevent suicide and store their guns. support the safer community. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: i thank you, mr. speaker. i yield two minutes to the gentleman from arizona, mr. biggs. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. biggs: i thank the gentleman, mr. speaker. i thank god for the decision that stops the heinous practice that has taken more than 60 million lives in this country. over the last 50 years. and i thank god that those voices that have been lost, we will not see that anymore. i hope and pray that that's the case. and i thank them for that. there's no right to take that life but there is a right to defend yourself. we have a god-given
constitutionally protected right to defend ourselves and the supreme court reaffirmed that just yesterday. this bill infringes on the constitutionally proteched rights of law-abiding americans and provides funding for -- it treats 18, 19 and 20-year-old americans as second class citizens. the supreme court ruled that the second amendment applies to those 18, 19 and 20-year-olds just like those over 21. justice alito in his concurrence highlighted the flawed logic used by the supports of the bill. alito says, does the dissent think that laws like new york's prevent or deter such atrocities? will the person bent on carrying out a mass shoot being stopped if he know it's illegal to carry a handgun outside his home? how does the dissent account for one of the mass shootings near the too much its list took place in buffalo? the new york law didn't stop that perpetrator. the essence of this is, gun
controls do not stop controls because criminals have no regard for the law. that's definition of a criminal. this bill restricts law-abiding american's ability to purchase firearms, it viles a basic god-given right. i oppose this bill and urge my colleagues to do the same i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gelt yealdz -- the gentleman yields. the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentlelady from california, a member of the judiciary committee, ms. lofgren. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. lofgren: thank you, mr. chairman, thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of this bill. my state of california has several provisions in law that are included in this bill but it doesn't work as a patchwork because individuals can cross state lines and endanger people. everything in this bill is consistent with the second amendment, that's why it got such bipartisan support in this -- in the senate. you know, in the last three
years alone, my district has had two cities added to the long list of communities that have experienced mass shootings. america doesn't have to be the only country in the world where mass shootings are near daily occurrences. there's broad support in the country for reform that will prevent this epidemic of gun violence. this bill doesn't do everything that i think should happen but it does something. it will make people safer. i strongly urge its support and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: i yield three minutes to the gentleman from california, mr. mcclintock. two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. mcclintock: instead of treating law-abiding citizens as if they were criminals maybe we should start treating criminals as if they were criminals. stop the plea bargains and put
gun predators behind bars until they're old and gray. execute the murderers. those measures worked until a generation of soft on crime judges, woke district attorneys and politically correct police commissions made a mockery of our laws. if someone is dangerously mentally ill then of course they should not have access to firearms, they shouldn't have access to any kind of weapons. we once confined them so we could treat them and prevent them from doing harm during the course of their illness. we had a commitment process, it respected due process. they could come before a judge to challenge the findings in open court, submit evidence on their behalf and face their accuser. but not under the red flag laws this bill promotes. and i'm -- an anonymous accuser can trigger a secret proceeding against you that you don't know is happening until the police bang on your door in the dead of night, ransack your house and strip you of your right of
self-defense. the burden then feunls you to try to restore it. this bill also targets young adults for special restrictions. we trust them to vote. to start families. to enter into legally binding agreements. but we don't trust them with firearms because of what some criminal or madman their age did? just laws hold people accountable for their own actions. unjust laws hold them accountable for other people's actions. this is an unjust law. these atrocities will go on until we get the criminals and madmen off our streets. how many more tragedies do we need to go through before the congress understands this self-evident truth. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: mr. speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished majority leader of the house, the gentleman from maryland, mr. hoyer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. hoyer: i thank the gentleman
for yielding. for years, the duan violence epidemic in our country has forced us to cope with ■th immeasurable grief and loss. throughout america, many communities have begun to erect memorials. to remember those they have lost through gun violence. these monuments are not much different than those right outside the national mall that honor americans killed in war. just last week, people in san bernardino, california, unveiled a curtain of courage. made of steel and bronze to pay tribute to the 16 people who were murdered in a mass shooting there in 2015. in newtown, connecticut, a planned memorial will feature a spiral of granite inscribed with the names of the 20 children and six teachers killed at sandy
hook elementary in 2012. memorials are being built or planned as well to honor 240ez who died in shootings in charleston, orlando, las vegas, el paso, buffalo, uvalde, and many others. the best way i suggest to honor those we have lost to gun violence however is not with bronze. or with steel. or with granite. rather it is with meaningful action to prevent others from suffering the same fate. the bipartisan safer communities act which was overwhelmingly passed by the united states which i'm pleased to bring to the floor today is the dissh a step in the right direction to take action.
this legislation includes measures that will reduce the threat to gun violence and save lives. across the country. it will help implement red flag laws that empower law enforcement officers to keep guns out of the hands of people at risk of using them to harm themselves or others. closing the so-called boyfriend loophole in this bill will prevent people convicted of domestic abuse in dating relationships from possessing deadly firearms. they have displayed violence. they ought to be prohibited from getting weapons which will make mass violence more probable and possible. it will also require more authority rogue background checks for americans -- require more for roe background checks -- for more f thorough
background checks for these wanting to acquire guns. 85% of people say they are for those background checks. that's the minimum. but no action has been taken in the united states senate. but they have taken some action. and some action is better than no action. additionally this legislation includes $250 million in funding for community-based violence prevention programs. do we not want to see community violence diminished? it will also crack down on those who make straw purchases. purchases of large portions of guns that otherwise under the existing system could not be purchased by the ultimate user of those guns. i want to thank senator murphy,
judiciary chairman jerry nadler, representative lucy mcbath, representative robin kelly, chairman mike thompson of the gun violence prevention task force, and those republicans who said that n.r.a. does not stand for no republican action. they took action. they stood up. even in the face of boos from their own party. this legislation, as i said is a step forward. and that's how we make progress in america. a step at a time. none of us have had the opportunity ever to vote on a perfect bill in this house. we vote on good bills. bills that we feel will move our country forward. this is that kind of bill.
a step forward but not enough. many of us feel we need to do more. we need to do comprehensive background checks. we need to close the charleston loophole. we sent those bills to the senate. we can and must do more. yesterday the supreme court issued a ruling that will weaken commonsense gun safety laws all over the country. yes, we could return to the ok corral and everybody having a six-shooter on their hip. and anybody who thinks that would make us a safer, more civil community, i think is sadly mistaken. that fact ought to disturb all of us very deeply. the court's decision to make it even easier for bad actors to carry dangerous concealed guns without restrictions should serve as a reminder that we need to take additional active steps
to protect our communities and our kids. actions that are supported by the overwhelming majority of the american people. if we fail to do that, if we allow this legislation to be the end instead of the beginning, parents will continue to receive that dreaded, unfathomable call, that they will never see their children again. new monuments honoring victims will continue to pop up in communities across the country. ladies and gentlemen of this house, republicans and democrats, conservatives and liberals, we don't need additional memorials. we need action. we need new laws. if we can follow today's legislation with action on comprehensive background checks and further gun safety measures,
however, future generations, perhaps not guaranteed but it is certainly worth the effort. to reduce the gun violence, to reduce the need for memorials. if we do not, those who come after will wonder why their forebears allowed such violence to be perpetrated uniquely in america. you don't find this in other countries. democratic country, free countries. who protect individual rights. ladies and gentlemen of this
mr. roy: today the united states supreme court stood up in defense of the constitution in recognizing it is the people that should be able to come together and make decisions about life and stand up and protect the god-given right to life. here today, the peoples' house, the so-called peoples' house is indirect conflict with the united states constitution and our bill of rights and the right to keep and bear arms. when our colleagues say things that the president said whether it is a nine millimiter pistol
or rifle, i am going to push. and representative jones, semi-automatic would qualify and democrats these are weapons of war. we should believe you, we should believe you that you want to take those weapons. that's what my colleagues are saying. and here's the things, they are saying, this is money for mental health. my colleagues on the other side of the aisle and academics say, they put out stories talking about how conservatives are suffering from mental health. represent cans are the cult and mentally ill and this is a mild form of insanity writes "psychology today." what do you think you want to do? come after our ability to defend ourselves by taking away the weapons to defend ourselves
against that tyranny. that is the purpose. and my colleagues on this side of the aisle should be ashammed of themselves. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to direct their remarks to the chair. the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: previous speaker referred to using guns to protect tyranny, he is talking whether he realizes about stopping tyranny by turning those weapons against american troops. i now yield one minute to the gentleman from california for minute and 30 seconds, chairman of the gun violence task force. mr. thompson: i rise in strong support the bipartisan safer
communities act while the lives of 19 children and two teachers and disgusting racially motivated slaughter in buffalo, new york, we know that gun violence survivors and allies have been working every day to prevent the gun violence that kills 0 people every day and over 100 when you factor in accidents and suicides. this passes three important tests, it's legal, it has the votes and it saves lives. this bill saves lives by targeting convicted domestic abusers and felons in coercing felons who are coercing someone into illegally purchasing a gun for them. this bill saves lives by strengthening school safety and mental health resources.
this bill and the millions of gun violence victims and survivors deserves a yes vote today from every member in this chamber. the majority of americans and majority -- not just majority, responsible gun owners know this bill is important. i urge everyone to vote yes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i yield one minute to the gentleman from florida, mr. deutch. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr.deutch: february 14, 2018, my community hit the departments of were slaughtered at marjorie
stoneham douglas high school. the families have committed in many ways since to help get us to this moment. for them, families of uvalde and buffalo and new town and so many families that we had the opportunity to get to know, this day is about them. i finish with this. on the day afpakland, there was a rally in the park near the school and the field was covered with high school kids who came to express themselves and one of them came up to me still with a look of shock in her eyes and she said, congressman my best friend bled out on me. you have to do something. today we do. vote yes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is
recognized. mr. jordan: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. gets ferld -- fitzgerald. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. fitzgerald: what a great day and trump-mcconnell supreme court. i rise in opposition to the house senate. this bill could have had strong bipartisan support if it had focused solely on mental health and school safety. the second amendment includes the right to carry a gun for self-defense purposes. this bill flies in the face of that ruling. specifically, the bill fails to define what constitutes a willful violation that would warrant revocation of a federal firearm license. this is especially important given the department of justice's zero tolerance policy
in license revocation proceedings that have occurred under this administration. current extreme risks protective orders that exist in 19 states do not come close to providing protections. we cannot use taxpayer funds to have unconstitutional laws without assurancees due process rights will be protected. in the wake of the tragic shooting in february of 2018, i worked with colleagues in the wisconsin legislature to protect against school shootings and we passed act 143 which appropriated $100 million in school safety grants. i urge my colleagues to focus on bipartisan slewings that will not incringe on our constitutional rights. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time the gentleman from new york is recognized.
mr. nadler: i yield one minute to the member of the judiciary committee, mr. lieu. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. mr. lieu: democrats and republicans are not the same where democrats are working to pass this gun safety legislation for the people, republicans have whipped their members to oppose it. democrats, republicans are not the same. with the supreme court handing down radical decisions you have republicans working to eliminate gun safety laws where democrats are working and extreme magga republicans calling for a criminal abortion ban while democrats are working to keep roe versus wade. i urge the american people to remember that this november.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: we sure aren't the same we think you should protect the sanctity of human life and so appreciate the decision and don't take away rights from law-abiding citizens. i yield one minute to the gentleman from wisconsin. mr. tiffany: america does not have a gun problem but a crime problem. law-abiding americans don't want more laws chipping away at the 2nd amendment or the right to bear arms eliminated on the installment plan they want prosecutors to prosecute, they want the police to police. they want dangerous criminals off the streets and behind bars. thank you, mr. speaker. and i yield back. 1828 mass shon
america over the last 40 years. it's time to act. this is not perfect legislation, but if we can save one, two, three or more lives, then it is my responsibility to pass this legislation. our communities are depending on us. i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i yield one minute to the gentleman from virginia.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr.connolly: i rise in support of of bipartisan bill. 15 years ago, i was chairman of fairfax county when the virginia tech tragedy occurred. we buried six young people in my community that week. six. i'm still in touch of those families and emptiness in their souls will never go away. we have the opportunity to choose. will we protect our children or will we continue to persist in abstract to an absolute reading of the second amendment which is false and false reading of the constitution. we can do something finally. america demands we do something. we need to disenvirons thrall ourselves from the gun mythology and do the right thing protecting our children and
families. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: i yield one minute to mr. crow. mr. crow: i rise as a father, a combat veteran and gun owner and a member of a community devastated by gun violence. i have families at stem and we consoled each other after these terrible shootings and we demanded commonsense reform and our leaders refused to act. when i came to congress i promised that i would fight to protect our community from gun violence and i am proud to vote for this bill. this bill is the first step and doesn't have everything we would
hope tore. today's success belongs to americans that turned hurt into action. pi plead with my quoll for a yes vote. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. mr. jordan: we reserve. mr. nadler: how much time is remaining? the speaker pro tempore: 16 1/2 minutes on both sides. mr. nadler: i yield to the gentlewoman from michigan. mrs. dingell: i rise in support of the safer communities act and past time to end violence that is harming communities across the nation. we need to protect all people who are vulnerable to gun violence and this includes
survivors of domestic abuse. known as the dating partner loophole, this dangerous gap in federal law puts victims at risk every day. i thank people for including this in acknowledging this is an issue. it is critical that the department of justice swiftly issue regulations in the dating partner provision. the definition in act is not intended to be overlly restrictive and should be covering dating relationships as commonly understood in the violence against women's act. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: i yield the gentlelady an extra 30 seconds. .
>> intimate violence -- mrs. dingell: intipt partner violence is a problem. i understand this, i lived with it. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: i yield one minute though gentleman from colorado, mr. buck. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. buck: i thank my friend the gentleman from ohio, mr. chair. it's estimated that legal gun save 162,000 lives annually and prevent 2.5 million crimes a year or 684 theurks crimes every day. by their own admission criminals fear armed citizens more than the police, up to 90% of criminals who commit crimes with a gun do not acquire that firearm legally. we have serious problems. in this country involving family, drugs and mental health. these issues have been going in the wrong direction for decades. instead of addressing these issues head on, the bill will instead jeopardize the right to bear farms millions of
law-abiding citizens. decades of supreme court precedent prevent the government from exercising prior restraint on our first amendment rights to free speech. we should not treat the second amendment differently. the court just spoke forcefully in favor of this right, this body should do the same. i urge a no vote. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i yield one minute to the distinguished gentleman from rhode island, mr. langevin. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. langevin: mr. speaker, i rise today in strong support of s. 2938, the bipartisan safer communities act. as we speak, our nation is being wracked by an epidemic of gun violence. every year, 40,000 americans die from guns. more than 110 every single day. many of them children. we have the power to prevent this carnage but for decades congress refused to act.
no more. madam speaker, this bill is not perfect no bill is. but this legislation will save lives. once signed into law the bipartisan save our communities act will help keep guns out of the wrong hands. it'll protect survivors of domestic abuse by closing the boyfriend loophole. it will crack down on straw purchases and improve background checks for people under 21 and it will deliver hundreds of millions of dollars for improved mental health services, community-based violence prevention initiatives and school safety. the issue of gun safety is personal to me. it's about time that congress take action. let us pass this historic, bipartisan bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield one minute to the gentleman from tennessee, mr. green. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. green: i rise in opposition to this flay florida grantly unconstitutional gun control act. this is another attack on our
god-given rights to self-defense. for instance, the bill would provide taxpayer dollars for state level gun confiscations without due process. we constantly hear this constant theme from the left on how you can't be pro-life and pro-gun which i think it's poignant to point out today, for those who say you can't be pro-life and pro-gun, why did you send billions of dollars of guns to ukraine to help them save their lives against the russians? you sent billions of dollars of guns over there so that our soldiers wouldn't have to go over there and fight a war to save their lives. guns save lives or you wouldn't have been sending the money over there. our founding father, george maison who wrote the virginia declaration of rights on which our constitution's bill of rights is based once said, and i quote, to disarm the people is the most effectule pay to enslave them, end quote. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has ex-niempled
gentleman from ohio reserves. tthe gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: mr. speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentlelady from illinois, ms. kelly. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. kelly: i rise in support of the bipartisan safer communities act. we are here today to protect our constituents and save lives. we have waited far too long for this day. elements of my bill, the prevent gun trafficking act, are included in this legislation to track down on the illegal gun trafficking and straw purchasing that is bringing gun into communities across the country. i know just how detrimental trafficking can be on a community. last year in chicago, a single stolen gown was linked to at least 27 separate shootings before it was taken off the street. two dozen people were shot during its use. and two of them killed. more than half of guns used in chicago shootings are brought into the city by trafficking. thank you, wisconsin and indiana.
we have lost so many people and traumatized countless others. i urge my colleagues to vote in favor of this legislation to help make chicagoland a safer place. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: i yield one minute to the gentleman from virginia, mr. klein. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. klein: i thank the gentleman for yielding. i rise in defense of our constitution today, defense of law-abiding american citizens and against this senate gun control bill. this legislation thacks wrong approach in attempting to curb vinyl crimes. it thorns system of due process on its head. you will be found guilty and your guns taken away until you can prove your innocence. it has vague language containing insufficient guardrails to keep give ups out of the hands of criminals. it creates a de facto waiting period for legal, law-abiding citizen's firearm purchases and the consideration of whether an adult purchaser's juvenile record should prohibit them
buying a firearm. we are committed to identifying and prohibiting violence, putting officers in scoocialtion reinforcing school buildings but we must not -- must not infringe on the rights of citizens while doing. so. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentlelady from new jersey, ms. sherrill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. sherrill: thank you, mr. speaker. today has been a tough day as we watch an extremist and politicized supreme court roll back protections americans have relied on for decades. but there is good news coming out of congress. we've come together to pass the most comprehensive gun safety package in almost three decades. in new jersey, we've already passed a large number of these proposals including extreme risk protections, assault weapons safeguards and high capacity manage seen prohibitions and we have seen the results. new jersey has made major progress in combating gun violence. as of 2020, my state has the
third lowest level of firearm mortality according to the c.d.c. think about that. the most densely populated state in the nation has one of the lowest levels of gun violence in the nation. and as the rate of gun deaths has increased by 33% nationwide, in new jersey it actually fell by 10%. and of course as a mother i'm focused on keeping our kids safe. this law would prevented the shoot for the uvalde from getting a firearm without an enhanced background check. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expire. the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: i yield the gentlelady 30 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. sherrill: as a mother i'm focusing on keeping our kids safe this law would have prevented the shoot for the uvalde from getting a firearm without an enhanced background check. this law gives states the support they need to act when a mom worries her child is contemplating suicide. it's why everyone from the american society of pediatrics to the fraternal pored over police endorsed this bipartisan bill. it's time for my republican
colleagues to put our nation's kids ahead of the gun lobby. thank you, mr. speaker and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields -- the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: i yield a minute and a half to the gentleman from georgia, mr. cleveland. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cleveland: thank you to my colleague from -- mr. collide: thank you to my -- >> thank you to my colleague. thank you to the supreme court for removing the course of abortion. six supreme court justices have stood for life and that is a beautiful thing. regarding this gun control bill before us today, this bill would have done nothing to curb the actions of illegal minded criminals intent on harming our children. but it will harm the law-abiding citizens of this great nation by violating their second, fourth, fifth and 14th amendments specifically their due process rights. so let me refresh our collective memories. the fourth amendment, the right
of the people to be secure in their persons, houses papers and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violate thsmed fifth amendment no person shall be depriefd life, liberty or property without due process of law. and the 14th amendment, nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty or property without the due process of law. and then of course my favorite, the second amendment, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. these red flag laws enable one sided ex parte hearings and allow -- and though they don't take some of the grans all the people they take all the of the guns from some of the people. this is completely unacceptable, i stand against it and i encourage all members of the house to vote against it. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i yield one minute to the distinguished gentleman from nevada, mr. horsford. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one
minute. mr. horsford: mr. speaker, today june 24, 2022, marks 30 years to the day that my father was shot and killed by senseless gun violence. so i stand here emotional, as i prepare to cast a vote in favor of the bipartisan safer communities act. historic legislation that will reduce crime and break the cycle of violence that so many people throughout our country have unfortunately experienced. one of the most important provisions in this bill is $2 billion in funding for anti-violence programs. including $250 ■million fo community violence intervention. from my break the cycle of violence legislation. every day, 110 americans are killed with guns, and other 200 are shot and wounded. amid the global pandemic, homicides by gun increased 35%. today, gun violence remains the leading cause of premature death
for black men as well as the number two cause of premature death for latino men and black women. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expire the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: i grant the gentleman and additional 30 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. horsford: thank you. so today, i am casting my vote for my father, the 58 victims that lost their lives during the 1 october shat shooting in las vegas, shawn jerry coleman, a constituent, a las vegas youth leader, and so many other americans who are victims and survivors of gun violence. i urge this body to pass bipartisan safer communities act. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: i yield three minutes to to my friend the gentleman from north carolina, mr. bishop. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman from north carolina is recognized for three minutes. mr. bishop: thank you, mr. speaker. dobbs earlier this great morning and in the new york state r.p.a. decision yesterday, the supreme court declared something atonnish -- astonishing which has electrified the country and left radicals seething. the constitution means what it says. in new york state r.p.a. the court reiterated what healther decided in 2008 -- what heller decided in 2008 to paraphrase, the decision said, like we told you the first time the second amendment protects an individual's fundamental right weighed and decided upon by the people at the founding. but just as most of the courts of appeals flouted heller by reweighing that right over and over for more than a decade, the senate again flouts the new decision before the ink is dry. what is the historical analog
from the founding era under which the right to bear arms could be targeted for complete deprivation upon less than complete process rights? name it? name the historic analog. that's congress' burden. the renewed assault on the second amendment is more than sufficient grounds to oppose this bill. but even the constitutionally permissible components repeat the terrible misjudgment that has afflicted this tithe legislation for far too long. i've said it before. you're not grappling with the issues. 60 years of targeted destruction of the american culture by the secular and postmodernist left. foremost in that destruction has been the unrelenting assault on the family. so what does this do something bill do? displaces families further by building a massive new mental health delivery bureaucracy into
public school agencies. connecting medicaid and chip directly to schools for, quote, early and periodic screening, diagnostic and treatment of services -- treatment services in schools supporting the provision of culturally competent and trauma informed care in school settings. americans who have been watching will hear a familiar refrain in that jargon. it means beyond the reach of parents. and the reach of common sense. who is it that is delivering this double down on woke to your child at school? republican senators. moms and dads across the country. if you thought that washington has heard you loud and clear, you are sorely mistaken. washington has yet to recognize that it it is the author the devastation
we confront. they are taking another step down the long path we have tropical depression that has transformed america. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. jordan: yield 30 seconds. mr. bishop: this bill is an attack on constitutional rights and dangerous ill-defined improve sayings. wringing your hands and doing something instead of the right thing will have the same result it has had. show that honesty and courage does not reside only in the supreme court building across the street. defeat this bill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: i yield one minute to the gentlelady, ms. clark. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized.
>> i'm deeply troubled by the gun epidemic and leaving grief and sorrow. i cannot overstate how reckless detrimental ruling that struck down a new york state law places lives at risk. there are no gun manufacturers in new york city and despite the moving thousands of guns from our streets, illegal guns are arisk by car, train and bus every single day through the iron pipeline. today's vote is an imperative and addresses the issue of straw purchasing and the gun trafficking that is prevalent across new york city. let me take this opportunity to thank congresswoman robin kelly and lucy mcbath for their fight to stop the sea of gun violence in our nation. we must pass commonsense gun
legislation and i am voting in support of this bill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: i yield to mr. davis 1 1/2 minutes. mr. davis: i rise in opposition to this bill. i know how important gun ownership is for self defense. i was practicing for a congressional baseball game when a gunman tried to kill us because we were republicans. the attack would have been a massacre if not form the armed police officers, david bailey and crystal griner, who were there. the actions on that field that day solidified my support for the second amendment. remember, mr. speaker, this
gunman wanted to set his political differences with us with bullets on a baseball field. it's not what we do in the united states of america. that day, i wish i had my firearm to protect myself. we don't need more laws and restrictions that make it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to exercise their constitutional rights and protect their families. we need to support law enforcement to get tough on criminals and further improve mental health principals. i'm a concealed carrier and strong supporter. i will work to preserve the second amendment. i urge my colleagues to vote no on this attempt to undermine the second amendment. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves.
mr. nadler: mr. speaker, how much time remains? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york has nine minutes and the gentleman from ohio seven minutes. mr. nadler: i yield to mrs. beatty one minute. mrs.beatty: i rise in support of this gun bill today after decades of inaction and too many innocent lives loss to senseless gun violence. this is a step we must all take and will provide needed resources, school safety, mental health, intervention and school safety and yes enhance back grouped checks to make it harder for 18-21-year-olds to get guns and close the boyfriend. who say no, tell that to the children and families that lost.
go tell your no vote to the families and the children who lost lives. the compromised bill today, it is not expect but will help us save lives and i'm proud that the congressional black caucus had a large role to play in this and i thank our power and our message. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio. the chair reminds members to dict their remarks to the chair. mr. jordan: i yield one minute to the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. perry. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. perry: no one on that side of the aisle cares more about the lives lost than these people on this side of the aisle as heart broken as anyone is. we are trying to find the balance that we have agreed to
swear an oath rights granted by god and weigh that with keeping our communities safe. ladies and gentlemen, our society has a sickness. that's for sure. the laws passed in this house to restrict people from their constitutional god-given rights that criminals disobey is not going to change that. we can do something great here today, we could. we could do something great. but we are not going to but infringe on the rights of the law abiding who want to defend themselves for the sake of the criminals who refuse to follow the law. with that, i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: i yield one minute to the gentleman from new york, mr. meeks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute.
mr. meeks: mr. speaker, i am prayerful today and finally today that i can come on the floor of the house and say to the victims of gun violence and say to those who lost their lives and to their families, that i can be on the floor of the house today not just saying i give you my thoughts and my prayers. not just saying i want to send to you my sympathies. i can't tell you how tired i have been coming to the floor feeling hurt in my heart and all i could say is thoughts and prayers. today, i can vote on something that's going to make a
meaningful difference. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: i yield one minute to the gentlelady from new mexico. ms. leger fernandez: thank you, mr. chairman, across this country we shed tears for the children who are killed, for the parents who are killed, for the girlfriends who are killed. in this chamber we shed tears for the parents and fathers and the fathers and sons who are killed. we cannot only grieve but give our tears, we must act. and today we get to act and today is the first step towards addressing the pandemic of gun
violence. new mexico has assed similar laws. we believe in protecting our children. we believe in protecting our women, those who oppose this law clearly do not. the congressional hispanic caucus understand that latinos are killed by guns. i stand up in support of this action because not acting is an insult to the vast majority of our constituents who want this. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: we reverve. the speaker pro tempore: nasm new york. mr. nadler: i yield one minute to the gentleman from new york. mr. higgins: leading cause of death for kids in america is now gun violence. hundreds of americans die every day in america because of gun violence.
five weeks ago, 10 people from my community of buffalo, new york who drove 300 miles to the black community of our city and included there was a retired police officer. 30-year veteran of the police department and worging security that day. someone said the best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a guy. he didn't stand a chance because he was out gunned and outequipped. our police officers in buffalo and throughout the country are outgunned by the bad guys and this bill -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: we reserve.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i yield one minute to the gentleman from illinois, mr. foster. mr. foster: when i first took office in 2008, one of first official acts was to attend memorial services in 17 children that were killed at northern illinois university and i have attempted to give s omp lace. but until today we had nothing to offer them but our thoughts and prayers and what we are going to pass today may not be enough but it is a start. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: i yield three minutes to the co-chair of the second amendment caucus, mr. massie. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky is
recognized. mr. massie: the democrats today describe this senate bill as a step forward. if you are saving lives, it is a step backwards. if you are banning guns it is a small step forward. everybody on the other side it doesn't go far enough. it is a red flag law bill and want to take all of the guns from some of the bill but doesn't go far enough because it doesn't take all of the guns from all of the people. who has taken a step forward? which institution, which branch of government, if you are counting how many lives are going to be saved, you have to consider that the supreme court is the institution, the branch of government that has taken two steps forward to save life. one of those steps was to reaffirm the heller decision that men and women in this country have the right to defend
their own lives and second step was to affirm that the states -- the state legislatures have the right to defend the lives of the unborn. this bill is ineffective unconstitutional and ill conceived without consideration for the intended consequences. could it be the definition of gun dealer more ambiguous when they transfer a gun to a family member. did the senators consider in their sleep deprivation when they drafted this bill that using childhood mental health records as a basis for denying their basic rights to self-defense is going to discourage parents seeking mental health care. if they go without early intervention, their conditions will grow worse and will see more mass shootings un--
unfortunately, this bill will cost more laws. red flag laws are going to have the same effect. people will not seek mental health care and we'll see more damage to the american public. if politicians here were serious and not serious, they will be back. you will be back here in six months and another bite at the apple to ban guns. this bill won't do what you say. if you were serious you would acknowledge that 96 mass shootings happen in an area where guns are banned and would keep the prohibitions from citizens to exercise their god-given rights. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to direct their remarks to the chair.
the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: i yield one minute to the gentleman from california, mr. gomez. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognize. mr. gomez: i rise in support of the bipartisan safer communities act in honor and memory of one of my constituent who was killed in the las vegas mass shooting in october 2017, michelle vo. i also rise in memory of the kids killed in uvalde, texas, in parkland, in stony hook. i rise in all their meme risms i rise in the fact they will have a newborn child on august 8. and that child in a few years will be going off to school. and i'll be worried about that child will be put in danger because he's going off to school where there's mass shootings across this country. i rise in support of this because it's small step forward to prevent the loss of life. and in the end it comes down to one simple question as my colleague from northern california posed. are you with the kids, or are you with the killers?
are you with the victims or are you with the killers? i choose the victims. i cheese kids. i choose the countless lives we'll save because we'll pass this law. thank you so much. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: mr. speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentleman from colorado, mr. perlmutter. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. perlmutter: i thank the gentleman. let's start with the ghoifng constitution. we the people of the united states, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense and promote the general welfare. that's how our constitution starts, to uphold the premise of the declaration of independence, of freedom, to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. this bill helps us move forward. because it helps us with life,
liberty and the pursuit of happiness. my friend complains about the red flag rule. it helps us with those individuals who suffer from domestic violence. who have suicidal ideation. but it helps the families destroyed at columbine in my area and at the aurora movie theater. this bill that i am so happy to advance today is pro-constitution, pro-freedom, and pro-liberty. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: mr. speaker, the experience has taught me when you have to say a bill is constitutional it's probably not. when you have to say a bill hears due process -- adheres to due process it probably doesn't. this bill certainly doesn't. we reserve the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i yield one minute to the distinguished gentlelady from california, ms. chu. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for
one minute. ms. chu: i stand here in strong support of the bipartisan safer communities act. it was just one year ago when a young man went into the store and bought a gun and just hours later went to an asian spa in the atlanta, georgia, area to murder asian women. then he drove 27 miles away and to two more asian spas to kill more asian women. in all, he killed eight people including six asian women. they were mothers, grandmothers, daughters, and i will never forget the tears and sobs of their loved ones when we went down to georgia to visit. so to see that again in buffalo and uvalde, where families had their lives ripped apart in an instant, is more heartache than our country can bear. the bipartisan safer communities act is an important step forward. there will be enhanced background checks for gun purr chatses under 21. provide funds for states for flag laws and close the
boyfriend loophole. this bill will save lives. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: we're prepared to close, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: thank you, mr. speaker. again, i urge a no vote on this legislation. proponents say that this bill doesn't violent due process. nothing could be further from the truth. you haven't been charged with a crime, but there's a hearing. a hearing that you're not allowed to be at. you can't be present there. a hearing where you don't have a lawyer and a hearing where a judge can take your property. so again, just to underscore this, you haven't been charged with a crime. there's a haryg where your property and your rights are at stake. you're not allowed to be there. your lawyer is not aloud to be there. you can't confront your accuser but they can take your gun, they
can take your property, they can take your second amendment liberty. here's the scariest part of all. as my friend from kentucky just pointed out, the democrats say this is just the first step. this doesn't go far enough. holy cow. so that kind of proceeding doesn't go far enough when it comes to your second amendment liberties? one of the key things that separate this is great nation from all other countries is how we have due process in our justice system. this bill takes it away. no other way to put it. you can say all day long that it doesn't violate due process, but as i said a few minutes ago, every time i hear that experience has taught me it most certainly does. when you have to say it, it does. in this case it is certainly violate dying process. for that reason alone, there are other problems but for that reason alone we should vote no. and again the scariest thing of all is they're saying, oh, this is just the first step.
this doesn't go far enough. imagine where they want to take us. their beef is with the second amendment. they want it to go away. don't let it happen. i urge a no vote and yield back the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: mr. speaker, the difference between this country and other countries is only that in this country do we have mass shootings and mass murders of children. no other country has them. we know from the experience in new jersey, ms. tices sherrill told us, when we pass -- as ms. sherrill told us, we can reduce the number of children and adults shot. but we hear from the other side of the aisle, no, we don't want to do that. they are right. this legislation is the beginning. this legislation is not perfect. it is a bipartisan compromise. it's not nearly what we should do. it's not nearly what the house did. but it is a beginning. and it is a beginning in saving lives in this country. and anyone who stands in its way
is standing in the way of saving lives in this country. i will not allow myself or anyone i associate with to stand in the way of saving lives, many live, and again i remind yous the only country that has it, it is not because we are more mentally ill than other countries, it's because we do not have the gun control laws that other countries do. so i urge everyone to vote for this bill >> the u.s. house later approved this legislation 234-1934 that aims to -- 193 that aims to reduce gun violence. this expands background checks for gun buyers 21 years of age or younger. and crisis intervention and red flag laws. 14 republicans joined democrats which now heads to president biden to be signed into law.
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c-span.org/history. >> in 1814, attorney and author francis scott key wrote a song that would go on to become the national anthem of the united states. on q&a, the book "o, say can you hear" about the history and cultural impact of the star spangled banner. >> one of the big insights or beliefs about the song is that it's actually a living document. it's not a frozen icon. it's not something that's static. it's something constantly changing. it's alive and it's brought to life in performance by people like jimi hendrix. every time we sing the song we elevate the questions and the tension and the crisis and the hope that's in that song anew. >> mark with his book "o say can you hear" sunday night on
c-span's "q&a." you can listen "q&a" and all of our podcasts on the new free c-span now app. >> at least six presidents recorded conversations while in office. hear many of those conversations on c-span's new pod kags it -- podcast. >> you'll hear about the 1964 civil rights act. the 1964 presidential campaign. the gulf of tonken incident. the march on selma. and the war in vietnam. not everyone knew they were being recorded. >> certainly johnson's secretaries knew because they were tasked with tans scribing many of those kfgss. -- transcribing many of those conversations. johnson would signal to them through an open door between his office and theirs. >> you'll also hear some blunt
talk. >> presidential recordings, find it on the c-span now mobile app or wherever you get your podcast. >> the u.s. supreme court today overturned the 1973 roe v. wade decision, recognizing a woman's constitutional right to have an abortion. you'll next hear reaction from president biden followed by house minority leader kevin mccarthy and other republicans as well as house speaker nancy pelosi.
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