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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

[Page i-ii]
Monday, May 8, 1995
Volume 31--Number 18
Pages 735-776

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses and Remarks

    American Jewish Committee--768
    Commander in Chief trophy--751
    ``I Have A Future'' program participants--750
    Michigan, commencement at Michigan State University in East 
    New York City
        Jewish Holocaust survivors--737
        World Jewish Congress, dinner--739
    Radio address--735
    White House Conference on Aging--753
    White House Correspondents Association, dinner--736
    Women voters project, luncheon--744

Appointments and Nominations

    National Archives and Records Administration, Archivist of the 
        United States--774

Communications to Congress

    ``Antiterrorism Amendments Act of 1995,'' message transmitting--760
    Budget rescissions, message transmitting--753
    ``Immigration Enforcement Improvements Act of 1995,'' message 

Interviews with the News Media

    Interview with Laurie Montgomery of the Detroit Free Press and Angie 
        Cannon of Knight Ridder--762

Joint Statements

    Cuba, normalization of migration--752

Letters and Messages

    Cinco de Mayo, message--752
    50th Anniversary of the Allies' Victory in Europe: V-E Day, 1995, 


    Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month--761
    Loyalty Day--743
    Older Americans Month--759

Statements by the President

    Proposed legal reform legislation--767

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--776
    Checklist of White House press releases--775
    Digest of other White House announcements--774
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--775


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Monday, May 8, 1995
Volume 31--Number 18
Pages 735-776
Week Ending Friday, May 5, 1995
The President's Radio Address

April 29, 1995

    Good morning. America has been through a lot in the last week. But 
if anything good can come out of something as horrible as the Oklahoma 
City tragedy, it is that the American people have reaffirmed our 
commitment to putting our children, their well-being and their future, 
first in our lives.
    In that light, I was terribly disappointed that this week the 
Supreme Court struck down a law passed by Congress under President Bush 
and sponsored by Senator Herb Kohl of Wisconsin, to keep guns away from 
schools. The law was a bipartisan approach to school safety based on 
common sense. Simply said, it was illegal to have a gun within 1,000 
feet of a school.
    We all know that guns simply don't belong in school. So Members of 
Congress of both parties passed the law. Unfortunately, the Supreme 
Court struck down the specific law. They said the Federal Government 
couldn't regulate that activity because it didn't have enough to do with 
interstate commerce.
    Well, this Supreme Court decision could condemn more of our children 
to going to schools where there are guns. And our job is to help our 
children learn everything they need to get ahead, in safety, not to send 
them to school and put them in harm's way. I am determined to keep guns 
out of our schools. That's what the American people want, and it's the 
right thing to do.
    Last year, I persuaded Congress to require States to pass a law that 
any student who brought a gun to school would be expelled for a year--no 
excuses, zero tolerance for guns in schools. But after Congress passed 
the law, I was worried that it would be hard to enforce. So I directed 
the Secretary of Education, Dick Riley, to withhold Federal aid from any 
State that did not comply with the law.
    The Supreme Court has now ruled we can't directly ban guns around 
the school. Therefore, today, I am directing the Attorney General to 
come back to me within a week with what action I can take to keep guns 
away from schools. I want the action to be constitutional, but I am 
determined to keep guns away from schools.
    For example, Congress could encourage States to ban guns from school 
zones by linking Federal funds to enactment of school zone gun bans. At 
least we could tie the money we have for safe schools to such a ban. At 
any rate, I am confident that the Attorney General will give me advice 
about what action I can take. We must reverse the practical impact of 
the Court's decision. If young people can't learn in safety, they can't 
learn at all.
    Now, according to the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, 
violence threatens schools in communities of all shapes and sizes. 
They've identified 105 violent school-related deaths in just the last 2 
years. And we know there are common elements to violent deaths among 
young people. Usually, the victim and the assailant know each other, the 
incident starts as an argument, and usually there is a firearm present.
    Schoolyard fights have been around as long as schoolyards. But it 
used to be that when kids got in fights, they fought with their fists, 
adults broke them up, and the kids got punished. Today, there are guns 
on the playground, guns in the classrooms, guns on the bus.
    In 1990, the CDC found that 1 in 24 students carried a gun in a 30-
day period. By 1993, it was down to 1 in 12. The number of high school 
students carrying a gun doubled in only 3 years. This is certainly a 
national crisis, and we must have a national effort to fight it. We need 
a seamless web of safety that keeps guns out of the hands of our 
children and out of our schools. That's why we fought for the provision 
in last year's

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crime bill which now makes it a Federal crime for a young person to 
carry a handgun, except when supervised by an adult. And that's why we 
must make sure that anyone who does bring a gun to school is severely 
disciplined. And that's why we're going to find a way to ban guns inside 
or near our schools.
    I'm committed to doing everything in my power to make schools places 
where young people can be safe, where they can learn, where parents can 
be confident that discipline is enforced.
    We all know that we have to work together to get this done. 
Principals and teachers must take the lead for safe schools and teaching 
good citizenship and good values. And parents have to recognize that 
discipline begins at home. The responsibility to raise children and to 
make them good citizens rests first on the shoulders of their parents, 
who must teach the children right from wrong and must get involved and 
stay involved in their children's education.
    I pledge that we'll do our part to help make our schools safe and 
the neighborhoods around them safe. But in the end, we'll only succeed 
if we all work together.
    Thanks for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 2:48 p.m. on April 28 in the Roosevelt 
Room at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on April 29.

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Monday, May 8, 1995
Volume 31--Number 18
Pages 735-776
Week Ending Friday, May 5, 1995
Remarks at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner

April 29, 1995

    Thank you very much, Ken. To all the members of the White House 
press who are here; to all the members of the White House staff and the 
administration who are here and who have to endure this every year with 
me. [Laughter] Let me say I have had a wonderful time tonight. I kind of 
hate to come up here; I'd rather listen to Conan talk to that worthless 
redneck on the screen--[laughter]--for another half an hour.
    I identify with Conan O'Brien. Like me, he's a young man who came 
from obscurity--[laughter]--and chose a sidekick with more inside 
experience. And despite his many accomplishments, 250 million Americans 
never get to see him in prime time. [Laughter]
    I feel your pain. [Laughter]
    Speaking of young people, it was announced tonight, you know, that 
my Press Secretary, Mike McCurry, and his wife, Debra, just had their 
third child, Christopher. I want to make another announcement: Before my 
term is over, Christopher will become the youngest member of the White 
House Press Office--[laughter]--just barely younger than the rest who 
work there. [Laughter]
    You know, I practiced for this night. I had all this humor and 
everything, but--and I really believe that you could tell I--I really 
liked that--whoever that awful person is that played me. [Laughter] I 
thought it was wonderful.
    The Book of Proverbs says, ``A happy heart doeth good like medicine, 
and a broken spirit drieth the bones.'' And I believe that. But I think 
you will all understand that--and I hope my wonderful comedy writers 
will understand--if I take a few moments tonight not to be too funny 
here at the end because of the tragedy in Oklahoma City, which has 
captured us all and which still is the focus of our efforts, for 
understandable reasons tonight, as the rescue workers are still laboring 
and as the law enforcement officers are still working.
    Tonight, as Ken and I were sitting here, and he let me read his 
latest essay about the heroism of the people in Oklahoma City. And I 
want to say something personal to all of you. I know that for virtually 
everybody in the press in this room, this has been a very painful 
experience for all of you, too, who have covered it, and to have been 
Americans, to have been parents and children and brothers and sisters, 
and to have identified with the human tragedy on such a massive scale.
    And what I want to do tonight is to tell you that I really 
appreciate the way this incident has been presented to the American 
people. I think you have made an extraordinary effort to capture both 
the horror and the humanity of the situation, to somehow grasp and 
communicate to your fellow citizens the incredible honor with which so 
many people have performed in these last difficult days.

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    Most of you were able, and I think it was difficult, to show 
commendable restraint in not jumping to any conclusions about who did 
this terrible thing. And most of you have really done a great deal to 
help the American people find some renewed strength and energy. And I 
thank you for that. And I hope in the days ahead you will be able to 
continue it.
    As this story unfolds, I would ask you to continue to return to 

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