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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, May 27, 1996 Volume 32--Number 21 Pages 883-948 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Bill Signings Adm. Jeremy M. Boorda, funeral service--904 Connecticut Democratic dinner in Stamford--919 U.S. Coast Guard Academy commencement at Groton--910 Detroit/Wayne County Airport expansion, teleconference--902 Missouri Dinner for Representative Richard Gephardt in St. Louis--887 High school in Webster Groves--883 NCAA basketball champions University of Kentucky Wildcats and University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers--903 New York City Fleet Week on board the U.S.S. Intrepid--915 U.S.S. Intrepid Freedom Award--916 Pacific Basin Economic Council--894 President's Committee on Employment of People With Disabilities conference--925 Radio address--892 Wisconsin, community in Milwaukee--936 Bill Signings Ryan White CARE Act Amendments of 1996 Remarks--898 Statement--899 Communications to Congress Austria-U.S. Social Security Agreement, message transmitting--886 Central African Republic, letter--941 Commodity Credit Corporation, message transmitting report--919 Deployment of U.S. forces in Liberia, letter reporting--901 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro), letter transmitting notice--945 Malaysia-U.S. Extradition Treaty, message transmitting--887 National Science Foundation, message transmitting report--919 ``Retirement Savings and Security Act,'' message transmitting legislation--939 Communications to Federal Agencies Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization, memorandum--925 Executive Orders Empowerment Contracting--908 Indian Sacred Sites--942 Locating Federal Facilities on Historic Properties in our Nation's Central Cities--909 WEEKLY COMPILATION OF ------------------------------ PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS Published every Monday by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408, the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents contains statements, messages, and other Presidential materials released by the White House during the preceding week. 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Interviews With the News Media Exchange with reporters in Milwaukee, WI--927 News conference with Chancellor Helmut Kohl of Germany in Milwaukee, WI, May 23 (No. 122)--929 Letters and Messages Armed Forces Day, message--887 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Germany, Chancellor Kohl--927, 929, 936 Notices Continuation of Emergency With Respect to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) and the Bosnian Serbs--943 Proclamations National Maritime Day--907 Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day--942 World Trade Week--900 Statements by the President See also Bill Signings Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report on adolescent tobacco use--939 Minimum wage--919, 939 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--948 Checklist of White House press releases--947 Digest of other White House announcements--946 Nominations submitted to the Senate--947 [[Page 883]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 883-886] Monday, May 27, 1996 Volume 32--Number 21 Pages 883-948 Week Ending Friday, May 24, 1996 Remarks at Webster Groves High School in Webster Groves, Missouri May 17, 1996 Thank you very much. Let me say, first, thank you for this very warm welcome. [Laughter] Congressman Gephardt and Mrs. Gephardt and I were talking on the way in--it may be too hot for you, but we have just been through the bitterest winter we can remember in Washington, DC, and it's very comfortable for me. I'll never complain about the heat again. We're delighted to be here. Mayor Williams; Superintendent Gussner; your principal, Patricia Voss; the police chief, Gene Young; let me thank all of you. Let me thank Mr. Johnson and the Jazz Ensemble One for playing here. I used to play in a group like that and I liked every day of it. I want to thank Mrs. Genovese and the students who did all the banners and the signs. They're just terrific. Thank you. I came down here with a lot of people today, but one of the staff members that I brought, someone who works for our Secretary of Labor, Bob Reich, is an alumni of Webster Groves, Catherine Jayne. She came down here with me, and I wanted to mention that, just so you'll know your influence is being felt in Washington. And I want to say a special word of thanks to the young lady who introduced me, Jocelyn Grant. She did a good job, didn't she? Give her another hand. I know something of her activities, and I want to thank her not only for the introduction, but for being a very good model of what good citizenship and personal responsibility can mean in a school and a community. I came here with Congressman Gephardt today to Webster Groves to talk to you about one of the greatest challenges we face as a Nation, the rising tide of violence among our young people. I'm here because this community has worked together to reduce that tide of violence, and because we have to work together as a country if we expect your future to be what it ought to be. You will live most of your lives in the 21st century. It will be an age of unparalleled possibility: the possibility to do things for a living that are more various and more exciting than any generation of Americans has ever known; the possibility to bring this country together across the lines of race and income that divide us; the possibility to live in a world that is more peaceful and free and prosperous and secure than any the world has ever known. But all those are just possibilities, not guarantees. If you want that kind of country for your future, you'll have to work for it. We'll have to work to make sure that every American, without regard to their station in life, has a chance to live out their dreams. We'll have to work to bridge the differences that still divide too many of our people, and make sure that we treat our diversity as a precious asset and that we come together across racial and regional and gender and income lines. And we'll have to work for a world that is more peaceful. To achieve that, we'll have to meet a lot of challenges. The Congressman talked about one of them. We have to build stronger families. We have to build a world-class education for all of our people, which is why we've worked so hard for more affordable college loans and more scholarships and more work-study, so that every one of you gets out of here who wants to do it will have a chance to go to college and will never be deterred by the cost of a college education. We want that. We'll have to work to build a new form of family economic security in this dynamic economy. We'll have to give people now the opportunity for an entire lifetime to get more education, to have access to affordable health care, to have a pension that they'll need for old age that they can carry around with them [[Page 884]] even if they have to change jobs. We'll have to work to achieve that. We'll have to work to continue to grow our economy and preserve the environment. But if we don't preserve our natural environment, our clean air, our clean water, our resources, our wildlife, we'll never have the kind of future that America deserves. And I know young people of America are as committed to that as any group of our fellow citizens. We'll have to work to make the world a more peaceful place, more free of terrorism and international crime and drug running and weapons running. And we'll have to work to make sure that you have a government that does its part. But none of this will matter if we can't fulfill our first responsibility as a society, and that is to preserve lawfulness and to minimize violence in our own homes and streets and neighborhoods and communities. You know, a lot of Americans are so numb to turning on the television news at night and seeing another report of another violent crime that they just take it for granted; they almost yawn. They say, ``Well, I can miss the first 5 minutes of the news, that will be the crime part.'' Now, I know that we can never fully eliminate crime from our country because we can't totally transform human nature. But I'll tell you what we can do. We can go back to the time when people go home at night and they turn on the television news and they see a serious crime, when they're appalled, surprised, disgusted, and shocked; when it is the exception and not the rule. That's the kind of America I want again. We have worked very, very hard to give American communities the tools they need to bring down the crime rate. With the strong leadership of Dick Gephardt in 1994 we passed a sweeping crime bill that, among other things, will put another 100,000 police officers on the streets of America over a 5-year period. We're already at 43,000 and climbing. And these police officers are different. They're going back to community police work; not sitting behind a desk but walking a beat, working with the communities, reaching out to children; not only catching criminals but learning the neighborhood, so that they can stop crime from happening and give young people something to say yes to in their future. That is the kind of community police work we need in every community, in every neighborhood, on every street in the United States. And we are determined to achieve that. We have worked hard to deal with the problem of guns and violence. We passed the Brady bill after years of debate. We passed legislation banning 19 kinds of assault weapons. We passed legislation calling for zero tolerance for guns in the schools of this country. And, you know, there was a lot of controversy about that legislation. I heard the awfulest din about it in 1994 you ever saw. But it's 1996 now, and in Missouri and my native State of Arkansas, we have had every kind of hunting season you can possibly have and not a single hunter has lost his or her rifle. But I'll tell you what has happened: 60,000 people with criminal histories, with mental health problems, and with other things that make them unfit to have handguns have been denied the right to get handguns because of the Brady bill. We did the right thing. We did the right thing. This is working. All across America the crime rate is dropping. We're in the fourth year in a row of a big drop in crime. In Webster Groves you're on your way to making this the lowest overall crime year in almost 20 years. Congratulations to you. But I have to tell you something, and that's the reason I'm here and
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