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

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Blumenthal said last week that he was “sadder and angrier than ever” that, approaching an entire decade since Sandy Hook, the nation is still grappling with now “normalized” mass shootings and increasing rates of everyday gun violence.

Connecticut U.S. Rep. John Larson, a Democrat, also issued a statement on the shooting:

“My heart breaks for the students and families in Uvalde,” said Larson. “Nearly a decade ago, we lost 20 innocent children and six faculty members in a senseless act of gun violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School. That was nearly ten whole years ago. What have we done since then to prevent another mass shooting and to protect our children? Enough is enough.”

Larson criticized the Senate for its lack of action on what he called commonsense gun violence prevention measures passed by the House.

On Tuesday evening, Biden ordered United States flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of the lives lost in Texas.

Gov. Ned Lamont today announced that – in accordance with the proclamation from Biden directing flags to be lowered throughout the country as a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the mass shooting Uvalde – he is directing U.S. and state flags in Connecticut to be flown at half-staff beginning immediately until sunset on Saturday.


“The news of another mass shooting, this time from Texas, is devastating. One life taken by gun violence is too many, but 15 innocent lives, including 14 children, is an utter tragedy,” Lamont said. “Nearly ten years after Sandy Hook, Connecticut knows this feeling all too well. Our collective hearts and prayers go out to the families in Uvalde trying to process the unimaginable.

“The 212 mass shootings that have occurred in the U.S. so far just in these first few months of 2022 is out of hand, and we cannot forget the true cost of these numbers – lives lost. They’re our friends, fathers, kids, teachers, and neighbors. They’re worth the effort to find a diligent, pragmatic, and hopefully bipartisan solution before we lose any more of them.”

Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz said she is “absolutely devastated to hear of yet another school shooting, where the most innocent of victims have lost their lives.

“I send my most sincere condolences to the children, families, friends, and all who have been affected by this unbelievable tragedy. Condolences are not enough. I strongly urge Congress to pass commonsense gun laws to keep our children safe, now,” she said, “There are no words to describe the callousness of this event, and to do nothing to address rampant gun violence is yet another avoidable tragedy.”


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