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Rep. Pallone Statement on Shooting in Newtown, CT

December 14, 2012
Press Release

WASHINGTON DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today released the following statement on the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut:

“My heart goes out to everyone impacted by the senseless violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School this morning.  As a father, my heart breaks that the victims are young children and educators, and my thoughts and prayers go to the families and loved ones of the victims.  This unimaginable tragedy has no place in our society and we cannot even begin to comprehend such a senseless violent act against innocent children.

“It seems that more and more frequently we are reacting to mass shootings, from the tragic movie theater shooting in Aurora, CO, to one that happened in my district, at an Old Bridge, NJ supermarket in August.  It’s time that we do more than hold candlelight vigils to honor the lives that have been lost from guns and take action to stem gun violence.  We need to have a real conversation about how we get guns off of our streets and enact meaningful, sensible gun control laws. Improvements to our mental health care system must also be evaluated to determine the best ways to identify and treat mental illnesses.

“I join New Jerseyans and people across the country in expressing my deepest condolences to the families of the victims and the entire Newtown community.”