Week Ending Friday, June 15, 2007

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Author: George W. Bush  | Date: June 13, 2007

Statement on the "Report to the President on Issues Raised by the Virginia Tech Tragedy",
June 13, 2007

Shortly after the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech, I directed Secretary Michael Leavitt, Secretary Margaret Spellings, and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to examine the broad and complex issues raised by this tragedy. I asked them to determine how the Federal Government could best help to support State and local efforts to ensure that our communities, including college campuses, are safe. They responded quickly, traveling to a dozen States to hear from Governors, law enforcement officials, mental health professionals, educators, and other State and local officials.

They learned a great deal and today presented me with their key findings. I look forward to reviewing their recommendations in more detail, but a few points are immediately clear: Information sharing among the health care, law enforcement, and education communities must improve; those groups must better understand the Federal laws related to information sharing; and accurate, complete information sharing between States and the Federal Government is essential in helping to keep guns out of the wrong hands and to punish those who break the law.

I thank Secretaries Leavitt and Spellings and Attorney General Gonzales for their fine work on this important report.

With the findings in this report in mind, I am closely following legislative efforts to strengthen the instant background check system. I look forward to working with Congress on this effort.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, "Statement on the Report to the President on Issues Raised by the Virginia Tech Tragedy, June 13, 2007," Week Ending Friday, June 15, 2007 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, June 15, 2007 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2007), 43:799 Original Sources, accessed July 17, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=Q9FYTDSQD9XIJPJ.

MLA: Bush, George W. "Statement on the "Report to the President on Issues Raised by the Virginia Tech Tragedy", June 13, 2007." Week Ending Friday, June 15, 2007, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, June 15, 2007 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2007), 43:799, Original Sources. 17 Jul. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=Q9FYTDSQD9XIJPJ.

Harvard: Bush, GW, 'Statement on the "Report to the President on Issues Raised by the Virginia Tech Tragedy", June 13, 2007' in Week Ending Friday, June 15, 2007. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, June 15, 2007 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2007), 43:799. Original Sources, retrieved 17 July 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=Q9FYTDSQD9XIJPJ.