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Issue: "Is our military ready?," May 29, 1999

They told me, 'Leave, get out, somebody has a gun and they're shooting.'

Kate Whiting, a junior at Heritage High School near Conyers, Ga., east of Atlanta. A 15-year-old student with two guns opened fire on classmates at Heritage on May 20, one month after the shooting rampage at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. He injured six students.

If a person has a bad heart, you cannot change it; only God can change a bad heart.

Adam Campbell, a senior at Columbine High School, to a House subcommittee looking into ways to prevent school shootings.

Let's remind ourselves that all students need a moral education, but the legal aristocracy has obstructed their ability to receive it. The separation of church and state has come to mean all state, no church.

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Republican presidential candidate Dan Quayle, referring to restrictions on prayer in public schools. He made the remark in a speech to the Commonwealth Club of California on the seventh anniversary of his controversial "Murphy Brown" speech.

Protecting our children and their families from the scourges of drugs and child pornography should not be a decision based on union strong-arming.

Rep. Phil Crane (R-Ill.), criticizing Democrats for voting against a bill to increase funding for the U.S. Customs Service for drug enforcement and its Child Pornography /Child Exploitation Program. The National Treasury Employees Union objected to the bill because it would change the overtime and night differential rules for Customs officers.


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