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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 Gerald E. Connolly

    Posted on 2015-12-09

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    CONNOLLY. I thank my friend from Massachusetts.



    Mr. Speaker, I rise more in sadness than in anger. This debate has gone on long enough. Too many of our fellow Americans have been victimized by gun violence because we are enthralled by the gun lobby.

    Who do we serve in this body if it isn't the American people? It is the sacred responsibility of every Member of this body to protect that public, not a special interest lobby. Are we ever going to be willing to put aside what we perceive we owe that lobby and act on behalf of the American people? If we can't do it in this example--preventing guns from getting in the hands of people on a terrorist watch list--I would venture to guess, Mr. Speaker, that the American people who are watching this debate think it is made up, that it can't be true, that it can't be true that somebody on the terrorist watch list qualifies and is going to be protected by this body to exercise his Second Amendment right and buy a gun. Surely that cannot be true.

    I hope we examine our hearts as well as our minds in this discussion and come to our senses and do something vitally important for the American people.

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