Congresswoman Brown made the following statement:
"My heart and prayers go out to the victims and families of the horrific shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Certainly, words cannot console the people directly affected by this tragedy, but they should know that we stand with them in their unimaginable grief."
The level of gun violence in our nation has reached a level that is simply unacceptable. Over the last few years we have witnessed Columbine, Virginia Tech, Tucson, the Sikh Temple shootings in Wisconsin, the movie theater shooting in Aurora, and now Newtown. There is also unabated gun violence on the streets in every American city, whether that is in Jacksonville or Miami, Chicago or New York. Every year in fact, an average of nearly 100,000 people in America are shot and killed with a firearm.
In response to this endless spiral of violence, our nation needs to commit itself to review and strengthen our national gun laws, as well as focus on the importance of mental support services. In the past, both in 1994, and in 2004, I voted to close gun show loopholes and to ban assault weapons, and I will certainly vote in favor of any future legislation that comes to the floor of the House of Representatives. Assault weapons are designed to be used in times of war by members of our nation's armed forces; not against young children in our schools, or in movie theaters or our streets or shopping malls. This is not to say that all guns need to be banned entirely or that hunters should be disallowed to practice the sport of hunting. However, continued legalization of these high caliber weapons will only lead to future tragedies. Moreover, crimes committed with these types of assault weapons put our law enforcement officers and First Responders in grave danger, since even the officers themselves are often times overpowered.
Amidst all of the violence and hatred, our nation desperately needs to stop for a moment of inward spiritual reflection. In the Bible (Hebrews 16:19/Psalms 39:7), the Lord says "We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure (and) it leads up through the curtain into God's inner sanctuary.' The people and leaders of this great nation need to embrace this "inner sanctuary,' the moral compass one finds when one comes to know God...the compass which has guided His people for centuries, and blesses everyone around the globe who is open to God's eternal love."