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Engel Statement On Five Years Since Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

Engel Statement On Five Years Since Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, a member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, issued the following statement:

“Today marks five years since a gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School and took the lives of twenty children and six educators. It will forever be one of the saddest days in our nation’s history.

“The events of December 14th, 2012 are still as shocking and horrific today as they were five years ago. The thought that somebody, anybody, could commit such a heinous act was unconscionable then, as it is now. I still pray for the families of those school children and educators who were killed that day. Their lives will forever be ingrained in our national consciousness.  

“While we mourn the twenty-six lives lost five years ago today, we also mourn the loss of the 120,000 other Americans who have been killed by guns since that terrible tragedy. This year has been especially deadly; there have been more mass shootings in 2017 than there have been days, and three of the five deadliest mass shootings in our recent history have taken place in the past year.

“Gun violence is a national crisis, and we cannot let another year go by without a response. It is long past time that Congress pass legislation to address the gun violence epidemic in our country. Yet, just last week Republicans in the House passed the dangerous Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act to make it easier to carry loaded weapons in public spaces.

“As we remember the twenty-six innocent lives lost in Newtown, I urge my colleagues in Congress to commit to passing commonsense gun safety legislation to prevent future tragedies related to gun violence.”