What happened today at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, CT was unspeakable and horrible. Like other parents, families and friends of children,we are all grieving the senseless deaths of 20 children aged five to 10 and seven adults including the gunman.
While we are mourning and piecing together what happened today, we know one thing: gun violence took the lives of innocent victims. This year alone, the US saw mass shootings in a Colorado movie theatre (July 20th), a Sikh temple in Wisconsin (August 5th), a Minneapolis business (September 27th), in an Oregon mall (December 11th), and today in an elementary school in Connecticut.
Gun-related deaths are lower in US states with stricter gun control laws and yetdeadly firearms such as assault weapons are too easily and legally obtained.
Now is the time to address gun control legislation, gun violence, and mental health -- before we have more blood on our hands.
Our thoughts go to every family who lost a loved one today.
Learn more about the issue here:Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.