Press Release

May 17, 2000

Tony Iallonardo
(202) 293-7330

Senate Minority Leader Vows to Read Names Daily from Wall of Gun Deaths

Washington, D.C. -- In a news conference today, Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle (SD) opened by reading the names of victims of guns from a U.S. Conference of Mayors survey, "The Death Toll Since Columbine". The senator vowed to read names every day into the Congressional Record until the Senate takes action on gun safety legislation. The survey can be viewed at

The senator said,

    James Allen (sp), 27, Houston, Texas; Ladred (sp) A. Austin, 21, Chicago; Jeremiah Buchanan, 22, Houston, Texas; Carimo Ali Deremy (sp), 23, Detroit; Rufus Denuel, 50,Charlotte; Maurice Harris, 27, St. Louis; Raul Martinez, 27, Chicago; Marty Owens, 31, Chicago;Andre D. Barker, 19, Chicago; George Robinson, 39, Houston; Robert Nujean Simms (sp), 20,Washington; John DeLeon (sp), 32, Houston; and a man who was 31, from Honolulu. Those are the names that the U.S. Conference of Mayors have as victims of homicide last year, May 17th.

    As I noted yesterday, each day it is our intention from here on out, to provide as accurate a list of people who have died -- children, adults -- on that day just one year ago. We have the information from a year ago. We don't have it as recently as the last two weeks.

    Our intention is also to ask unanimous consent every day to take the five Juvenile Justice gun-safety provisions and amend whatever vehicle may be pending at the time. We'll be doing that again on the floor. So these names will be listed today in the Congressional Record; read aloud, as I just did.

The United States Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are about 1,100 such cities in the United States. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor.