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Clinton Comments on Two School Shooting Incidents that Have Taken Place in Last Two Days

Aired March 1, 2000 - 3:16 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED. BOBBIE BATTISTA, CNN ANCHOR: Let me interrupt myself for just a second here to go to President Clinton, who's making some remarks.

(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

WILLIAM J. CLINTON, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: ... in the Wilkinsburg community in Allegheny County, in western Pennsylvania. We don't know all the facts yet. But it was a bad situation.

Yesterday, of course, that tragedy occurred in Michigan where the very young child was killed by another very young child. I just talked to the superintendent of schools there, right before I came out.

I want to say two things about it to all of you. First of all, these are personal tragedies that, because of instantaneous media coverage, we all know and feel. And we owe the families of the victims and the communities our prayers and our best wishes.

Secondly, as citizens, these incidents, particularly the one yesterday in Michigan, call on us to recognize the fact that we simply haven't done everything we can do to keep guns away from criminals and children.

And so, today, I have to say, again, to Congress, You have had legislation now that would require child safety locks, would close the gun-show loophole, would take other steps to keep guns out of the wrong hands, for well over six months. You're supposed to take a recess next week. Before you take the recess, please send me this legislation.

It will help keep America safer.

(APPLAUSE)

CLINTON: Thank you.

Now, I want to talk to you today about your future, which is unfolding at a breathtaking rate.

We were talking -- before we came out, I said...

BATTISTA: President Clinton commenting in Virginia on the two shooting incidents that have taken place in the last two days.

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