Terrorists and Guns: the Nature of the Threat and Proposed Reforms, Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, Second Session, May 5, 2010   [open pdf - 5MB]

From the opening statement of Joseph I. Lieberman: "This hearing on what Congress and the Federal Government can do to keep firearms out of the hands of terrorists was scheduled long ago, but its urgency has certainly been made clear by the events of the past 4 days. In fact, our growing understanding of the dimensions of the plot to attack Times Square certainly should remind us of a reality that I fear we sometimes forget, which is that global Islamist extremism terrorists have declared war on America, and they are attacking our homeland with increasing frequency. In fact, they have attempted to carry out more than a dozen attacks on America in just the last year. Most of them have been stopped before any damage could be done, again, by extraordinary law enforcement work. But four of the attempted attacks broke through our homeland defenses, including the failed attempts on Christmas Day over Detroit and last Saturday night in New York City. And here is the fact that I hope will focus our concern and attention and hopefully motivate our action this morning: The only two terrorist attacks on America since September 11, 2001, that have been carried out successfully and taken American lives were carried out with firearms." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Frank R. Lautenberg, Peter T. King, Michael R. Bloomberg, Raymond W. Kelly, Daniel D. Roberts, Eileen R. Larence, Sandy Jo MacArthur, Aaron Titus, Joseph I. Lieberman, Susan M. Collins, and Lindsey Graham.

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S. Hrg. 111-1079; Senate Hearing 111-1079
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