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Congressman John Larson

Representing the 1st District of Connecticut

Larson Statement on the 5th Anniversary of the Tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School

December 14, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement on the five year anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.

“On this day five years ago, 26 lives were senselessly cut short at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Our hearts still ache. My heart goes out to the friends and families of all the victims,” said Larson. “I’m also frustrated that nothing has been done. Since this tragic day, the House has still yet to hold a vote on common sense gun violence prevention legislation, like universal background checks. The King-Thompson Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act is a bipartisan bill that upholds the Second Amendment, while strengthening background checks and fortifying state and federal record keeping in order to keep guns out of the hands of convicted criminals. Unfortunately, it doesn’t stand a chance to see the light of day until the Republicans stand up to the gun lobby and take a vote. In five years all Congress has done is offered its thoughts and prayers to the victims of gun violence. Inaction is no longer an option. The American people overwhelmingly support common sense gun safety legislation. The time for Congress to act is now.”