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  • Providing for Consideration of H.R. 2130, Red River Private Property Protection Act, and Providing for Consideration of Motions to Suspend the Rules

    by Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III

    Posted on 2015-12-09

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    KENNEDY. Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my colleague from Massachusetts (Mr. McGovern) for yielding me the time and for the tremendous work that he has done on this issue over his career in elected office and, before that, as a staff member here on Capitol Hill.



    Mr. Speaker, I join my colleagues today in calling for this House to move a bipartisan piece of legislation because we have an opportunity to close a loophole that allows suspected terrorists to legally purchase firearms and explosives. I believe we have a responsibility to do so before this House takes another moment of silence, as we have done countless times already this session.

    Mr. Speaker, in the last 2 years alone, 94 percent of individuals suspected of planning terrorist attacks have been able to successfully pass background checks and purchase deadly weapons. If we don't trust somebody to board a plane, why on Earth would we trust them to buy a gun? That is why I led over 60 colleagues, along with my colleague from California, Mike Thompson, to write a letter to Speaker Ryan asking him to bring up our colleague Peter King's bill for a vote.

    Our response to gun violence, this body's response to gun violence, can no longer be moments of silence and thoughts and prayers by Members in this Chamber. We can do more than that. We are expected to do more than that. My hope today is that we will.

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