WEDNESDAY, J.\NUARY 28, 1!)7()
Mr. M . .'\.NSFIELD. 1\Ir President I n.~k
unanimous con~ent that the reading of
the Journal of the proceedings of Tuesday,
January 27. 1970, be dispensed with.
TI1e PRESIDENT pro tempore. Without
obJE"Ction. it is so ordered.
THE DISTRICT OF
Mr MANSFIELD. Mr. President, lnst
March 12, Harry P. Gelsing wa!' gunn"d
down as he walked to his home at 810
Tuckerman Street, NW .. here in the District
of Columbia. Harry Gelsing was a
Montanan. He was a medical researcher
who had no immediate family and lived
alone here in Washington. For 10
months-until January 15-Harry remained
in the Washington Hospital
Center paralyzed and lingering halfway
between life and death. He died and he
is now a statistic; a casualty of street
crime; a loser in the war against crime.
It has been said that this murder
stemmed from a senseless, brutal 'let us
get this guy" kind of attack by a gang
of hoodlums. That is the kind of criminal
we must deal with: that is the kind of
senseless, wanton act we are seeking to
prevent. In return, I think we must be
absolutely relentless in our pursuit of
these twisted misfits who cannot live or
function normally in society; we must redouble
our efforts to assist our police and
law-enforcement omcials. But that is not
all we must do.
Harry Gelsing was a kind and gPntle
man. I knew him personally, and all of
us who knew him can testify to the fine
character of the man-to his warm and
gentle nature. What a contrast he must
have presented to those who attacked
him, dragged him into an alley, and
gunned him down mercilessly. Why? For
kicks? For excitement? Or just because
Harry happened to pass by at that
I am sick of these occurrences. TI1ere
have been too many others like Harry
Gelsing, and like Thad Lesnik, another
Montanan, who was gunned down some
months ago, too many who ha\'e been
brutally subjected to the senseless violence
that plagues this Nation.
So we must do more. We must dedicate
ourselves to finding new and better ways
to fight crime; to cut down the inc>rdinatc
rate of violence. I have advocated stiff
mandatory prison sentences for those
who usc guns in committing crimes. My
bill-the Lesnik blll-has already passed
the Senate. I supported the law that
seeks to stem the flow of firearms Into
the hands of the lawless and untrained,
the addict, the criminal, the mental incompetent,
and the unfit. In the end,
these measures should help, but even
they may not provide the full answer.
We n ed new and unagmative relll\'dics
We neerl remedies that .seek not only to
rc ti let the number of weapons 1Wal!able
to criminals and to impose severe penaltics,
but remedies that consider as well
the deplorable state o! the prisons and
penalinstrtutlons of this Nation that now
serve only as graduate clwols for crime.
We need remedies that consider othf'I
criminal bree urban
areas. the ghetto, the crowderl, con 'C'~tcd.
and decayed Inner C"ity and other nrens
that have been ncr;ledt>d. We need remedies
that will help us Identify the twisted
mmd like those who attncked Harry
Gel in and Thad Le;;.nik; Identify them
before they are able to strike.
La t year, the Senate District of Columbia
Committee passed all five crime
blils requested for the Distliet of Columbia
by the President of the United States.
Last week the Senate pa53ed the Organized
C'nme Control Act of 1970. I was
happy to !>Upport thaL measure. It is a
proposal that was carefully developed
here in the Senate by the distinguished
senior Senator from Arkansas rt> w0rshlpped him."
Mrs. AbNhnm Danzig, his le.ndlar;
conn cd up 1.3 years of knowing Oelsln"·
"He lived lu onr house for three years, an '
next lU)or !or o• er 10 years. They don't comp
any ~t.wr. That man could not have e.n:.
"He liked to walk a lot. A book WM always
in his hands, even when he went for
e. walk Most of his friends were famlly men,
and they would Invite him to their homes.
He w96n't lont
Click tabs to swap between content that is broken into logical sections.
Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana. For additional information about our collections visit our website: http://www.lib.umt.edu/asc . To suggest a keyword or share what you know about this item e-mail email@example.com
Images captured using a Atiz BookDrive Pro with dual Canon EOS Rebel T1i�s at 400 PPI. Dual camera control through BookDrive Capture 5.1. Camera RAW (.CR2) files processed to an Image PDF at 300 PPI using Adobe Bridge CS5. PDF files Downsampled to a web-ready PDF and Optical Character Recognition performed using Adobe Acrobat Pro.
Copyright to this collection is held by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula. This image may also be protected by copyright. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections.