DNC Chair Statement on Third Anniversary of Sandy Hook Shooting

WASHINGTON, D.C. – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement on the third anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting:

“Three years ago today, 26 children and educators were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, by a mentally deranged man with easy access to guns.

“The nation grieved with the victims' families and friends, and we continue to mourn the still unimaginable loss of life.

“But since Sandy Hook, about 90,000 more Americans have died in shootings, and Congress has done nothing to enact meaningful, common sense gun violence prevention measures. In fact, the senators running for president joined their Republican colleagues in Congress to vote against keeping guns out of the hands of criminals, people on the terror watch list and no fly list, and the mentally ill.

“The vast majority of Americans support universal background checks, for example, a simple step we could start implementing tomorrow if Republicans would drop their worship of the NRA and their agenda and pick up the mantle of doing the right thing.

“Newtown. Aurora. Tucson. Roseburg. Charleston. Colorado Springs. How many more families and communities must be ravaged by mass killings and shootings before Republican national elected officials and candidates come to their senses? Democrats have tried and won't stop trying to keep Americans safe, while Republicans continue to put their head in the sand and cling to anything but common sense.”