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Four years ago today

Four years ago today, an armed gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary, firing at random, killing 20 school children and six of their teachers – and leaving the nation shocked and heartbroken.

I will never forget those kids. I’ll never stop thinking about the fact that they should still be with us, they should be in the fifth grade with their whole lives ahead of them. I’ll never stop thinking about their parents, and about all the grieving mothers and fathers whose hands I’ve held after their sons and daughters were snatched away from them.

Those memories stick with me, and they motivate me every single day as I keep working to pass common-sense laws that can prevent these kinds of tragedies. I’m fighting to require background checks for all gun sales, keep military-style assault weapons off our streets, ban high-capacity magazines, and crack down on gun trafficking.

Thoughts and prayers are not enough. We need to take real action to ensure our children are safe – at school, at the park, at the theater, at home, everywhere. Anything less is an insult to the 26 lives we lost four years ago today.

Thank you for standing with me.

Posted on December 14, 2016.
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