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Monday, May 27, 1996
Volume 32--Number 21
Pages 883-948

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Addresses and Remarks

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    Adm. Jeremy M. Boorda, funeral service--904
        Democratic dinner in Stamford--919
        U.S. Coast Guard Academy commencement at Groton--910
    Detroit/Wayne County Airport expansion, teleconference--902
        Dinner for Representative Richard Gephardt in St. Louis--887
        High school in Webster Groves--883
    NCAA basketball champions University of Kentucky Wildcats and 
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        U.S.S. Intrepid Freedom Award--916
    Pacific Basin Economic Council--894
    President's Committee on Employment of People With Disabilities 
    Radio address--892
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    Ryan White CARE Act Amendments of 1996

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    Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro), letter 
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    Malaysia-U.S. Extradition Treaty, message transmitting--887
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    ``Retirement Savings and Security Act,'' message transmitting 

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Interviews With the News Media

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    News conference with Chancellor Helmut Kohl of Germany in Milwaukee, 
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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

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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 
    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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