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'Another Sandy Hook:' Connecticut lawmakers, officials respond to hauntingly familiar shooting in Texas

Taylor Hartz, Hartford Courant on

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Teachers and paraprofessionals, he said, would have to take them into the hall and talk to them about what they had seen.

And now, 10 years later, another elementary school has experienced the same terror. The same trauma. The same loss.

“My heart breaks as I re-live the shock and grief of Sandy Hook 10 years ago, knowing the infinite pain that will hit these families in Texas,” said U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal in a statement Tuesday. “No words can capture my wrenching sadness for them and for our great nation that continues to be torn apart by horrendous gun violence – taking so many beautiful lives and spreading anguish and horror.”

He, too, called on his colleagues to take legislative action.

“This senseless violence will stop only when Congress matches thoughts and prayers with action.”

President Joe Biden’s press secretary, Karine Jeanne-Pierre, said on Twitter that the president has been briefed on the situation in Uvalde and has spoken to Texas Governor Greg Abbott to offer any assistance he may need.

 

According to the Gun Violence Archive, which independently collects nationwide shooting data, there have been 212 mass shootings, which it defines as four or more victims shot, either injured or killed in an incident, in 2022, only 4½ months into the year.

That’s more than one such shooting per day.

Connecticut legislators last week said they already felt like they were fighting a “phenomenon” of normalizing gun violence.

Earlier this month, 10 people were shot to death during a racist mass shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York. Murphy and Blumenthal said following that shooting that they were still desperately fighting for the same common sense gun laws they’d been championing since the Sandy Hook shooting.

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