Statements about Civil Rights
"The violent crime rate in America is the same as it was in 1968, yet our prison system has grown by over 500 percent."
The National Rifle Association was "founded by religious leaders who wanted to protect freed slaves from the Ku Klux Klan."
"If you are black or brown, you are nine times more likely to be stopped and frisked" in New York City.
Says he has sued the Obama administration 25 times.
About 3 percent of Gov. Nathan Deal’s appointments have been African-American.
Says Abraham Lincoln supported an agreement that allowed slavery in New Mexico "and a law to return runaway slaves to their owners."
Says a gun bill before the Senate would make it a federal felony to "leave town for more than seven days, and leave someone else at home with your firearms."
Says a gun bill before the Senate "is proposing the universal registration of all firearms and their owners."
Says New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says "we can only have three bullets" and "the NRA wants firearms with nukes on them."
"When (John) Brennan ... was asked directly … ‘Is there any geographic limitation to your drone strike program?’ Brennan responded and said, ‘no, there is no limitation.’"
"The president is advocating a drone strike program in America."
"When the president's spokesman was asked about (Anwar) al-Awlaki's son, … he said he should have chosen a more responsible father."
"Do you know which state has the worst ratio of white voter turnout to African-American voter turnout? Massachusetts. Do you know what has the best, where African-American turnout actually exceeds white turnout? Mississippi."
"There's a tax credit of $2,400 to bond [former inmates] that an employer would get for hiring a convicted felon. There's a federal bonding program -- you can get $5,000 to $25,000 in federal money to hire a convicted felon. And there's federal grants for felons to set up their own small businesses."
Says "overwhelming majorities of Americans" support gun legislation "like background checks."
"Even members of the NRA, when they were polled recently, were under the impression that everyone has a criminal background check."
"The governor does not have any power to veto a referendum [on same-sex marriage] that would be a constitutional amendment."
Three thousand felons voted in Rhode Island in 2008.
Says 40 years ago, the U.S. placed Texas under Voting Rights Act for failing to print ballots in Spanish.
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