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Jackie S.
Democrat CA 14

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  • Let’s Have a Moment of Action

    by Representative Jackie Speier

    Posted on 2015-12-10

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    SPEIER asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.) Ms. SPEIER. Mr. Speaker, Faisal Shahzad was already on the no-fly list when he attempted to bomb Times Square in May of 2010. If he had decided to walk into a gun store that day, he would have walked out with a gun in hand. Fortunately, Shahzad's bomb failed to go off. But had he, instead, purchased a military-style weapon that day, it could have been very different.

    It is absolutely against common sense that suspected terrorists can walk into a gun store and purchase any firearm that they would like. They can't walk onto a plane, mind you, but they can purchase a military-style assault weapon and wreak havoc on a community.

    Seventy-seven percent of the American people believe we should close this loophole. The Republicans have an option. A bill by their Republican colleague from New York (Mr. King) would close that loophole.

    I ask my colleagues on the Republican side to listen to Mr. King and the American people and not to the NRA and the gun manufacturers. We have had enough moments of silence. For once, let's have a moment of action.


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