The following is an address of U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, president pro tempore, on the epidemic of gun violence in America. It was presented on the Senate Floor on June 8:

It is hard really to know where to start. I am here on the Senate Floor to talk about guns. In a world in chaos, we cannot forget about the chaos right here at home. Gun violence is killing our children. Nineteen students and two of their teachers in Uvalde two weeks ago. Twenty children, and seven others, in Newtown, Connecticut — nearly 10 years ago. Twelve students, and a teacher, at Columbine — 23 years ago. In-between? Las Vegas — 58 dead. The Pulse Nightclub — 49 dead. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School —17 dead. All victims of gun violence. And this is just a snapshot of the epidemic of gun violence in our country.

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