Washington D.C.—Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a leading member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement today on the four year anniversary of the Newtown, Connecticut shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. On that day, a mass shooter took the lives of 20 six and seven year old children, along with the school’s principal and five other members of the school’s staff:
“Four years ago, when I first heard about the tragic shooting deaths of 20 young children and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary, my first thought was of my own children. I am still horrified and appalled that somebody could do such a thing, yet incredibly there have been almost 200 other school shootings just since Sandy Hook. That number is absolutely devastating.
“Today we remember the 26 children and teachers killed in Newtown. In the four years since that massacre, 130,000 people have died at the barrel of a gun, including 7 children per day. It is long past time for us to pass commonsense gun safety rules, including universal background checks to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. The only way to honor the memories of these children is to take action. Congress simply must come together to put a stop to gun violence.”
Please note this statement was originally published on December 14, 2016 by Congressman Engel’s House of Representative’s office and posted to this website no sooner than 72 hours after initial publication.