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tv   Vice President Pence Remarks on Mass Shottings in El Paso Dayton  CSPAN  August 6, 2019 2:37pm-2:46pm EDT

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>> before we get started allowed me to say a few words. about the horrific mass shootings that occurred over this weekend in el paso and dayton. like all americans, taryn and i were outraged and sickened by these barbaric attacks. as i stand before you today, 31 people have died, and 53 were injured. and it breaks our hearts to see so many innocent lives cut short by unspeakable violence. what happened this weekend were acts of pure evil, and we
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express our deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. and we join every american praying for the injured and their families in their hour of need. the bible says, the lord is close to the brokenhearted. and that will be our prayer for the people of dayton and el paso. we also commend the men and women of law enforcement in both states, whose quick action and courageous service undoubtedly saved lives. they earned the admiration and gratitude of the american people. [applause] as president trump said in his address to the nation yesterday, hate has no place in america. and the sinister ideologies of
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racism, bigotry, and white supremacy must be defeated. [applause] in the wake of previous violence, are it administration a bipartisan basis with the congress to strengthen background checks and approve school safety. and in the wake of this weekends mass shootings, the president has brought the full resources of the federal government to assist law enforcement in investigating and prosecuting those responsible for these heinous acts. justice will be swift and certain. [applause] the president has also directed the fbi to use all legal means available to disrupt hate crimes and to prevent domestic terrorism before it occurs. we direct the department of
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justice to work with local, state, and federal agencies, as well as social media companies, to develop new tools to identify those seeking to do harm before they strike. and the president call for all of us to work together to end the glorification of violence in our society and to reform our mental health laws. we have worked identify and treat, and were necessary, involuntarily confined all those deemed a risk to themselves or the public safety. [applause] and as we speak our administration is working with members of congress to ensure that all those who pose a risk to public safety are denied access to firearms. [applause] and finally, because justice delayed is justice denied, we
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are developing legislation to ensure that those who commit mass murders face the death penalty swiftly in years, not decades. [applause] and tomorrow the president and the first lady will travel to dayton and el paso to express the sympathies and support of the american people for all those impacted by these hideous attacks. and as the president also said, now is the time to set destructive partisanship aside and fine the courage to answer hatred with unity, devotion, and love. now was the time to overcome evil with good. [applause] you know, it's always been true
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throughout the long history of this country that in times of trial the american people turned to faith and prayer. the bible tells us that if his people, who are called by his name, will humble themselves and pray, that he will hear from heaven, and he will heal our land. and in this dark hour for the people of el paso and dayton, we do well to pray, to pray for healing, to pray for the families of those that were lost and injured, and to pray for these communities and for our nation as a whole. >> tonight at 9 p.m. eastern and discussion from the u.s. institute of peace about what to do with citizens who have been radicalized. among those with her from shannon martinez a former white supremacist who now is a consultant on preventing violent
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extremism. >> at the age of 14 as i i was doing but most 14-year-old to do, grappling with my identity and joy was in the world and to i chose to be, i felt pretty certain that mainstream culture was never really going to be a place where i could posit my identity and gravitated towards counterculture. the first place that i really look, what are my very first favorite books was the autobiography of malcolm x. i loved the power of the ideas and the revolutionary nature in which they were presented. i would end up going into the punk movement, eventually after i was 14, shortly before i turned 15 i went to a party where i was raped by two men. because of my childhood i knew that i couldn't tell my parents. i knew they would blame me for having lied about where i was
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going and having been drinking at that party, that they would be more angry about that than upset that i just been sexually assaulted. i took that trauma, shoved it down, became consumed with rage over the course of about six months. he angers people in the periphery of the subculture where i existed were the neo-nazi white supremacist skinheads. the rage that i felt resonated deeply with the rage that they felt. i spent more time with them. i i started listening to white power music. it broke down the barriers for me of using racially charged language. it introduced some of the ideology and some of the talking points of the movement into my vernacular. i begin to read some of the literature that was a part of the movement. over time, i would have a
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complete and utter physical aye chamber that i lived in that was only about this movement from the time i woke up to the time i either which asleep or passed out drunk at the end of the night. >> you can watch this anti-program on preventing violent extremism from the u.s. institute of peace. that's night eastern tonight on c-span. >> former congressman brian costello of pennsylvania and jim moran of virginia took part and discussion about the future of regional political and policy reporting. the talk was hosted by the regional reporters association at the national press club children's institute. >> thank you. so welcome. on behalf of the national press club and the national press club journal of of institute we are so happy that your joint as tonight for this program. i'm the executive director of the national press club journalism

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