Representative David Price (NC-04) released the following statement today on the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
"Like all Americans, my wife Lisa and I were shocked and heart-broken by the heinous shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Twenty children with their whole lives ahead of them were taken from us in a senseless act of violence. As parents and grandparents, we have thought constantly about how we used to drop our children off at school, confident that they were in a safe and supportive environment. The toll is unimaginable for these families, and it extends far beyond--to the promise of these young lives and the lives they would have touched in turn.
"We were also moved by the brave actions taken by the six teachers and administrators who were killed attempting to stop this violent act. These public servants took whatever steps were necessary to safeguard the schoolchildren entrusted to their care. They ultimately laid down their lives to protect the children of their friends and neighbors, and to secure for those children the gift of a future. Sandy Hook's other teachers, and Newtown's first responders, also deserve our gratitude for taking swift action under duress, and then facilitating the evacuation of the school.
"This is a time of national mourning--a time to reach out to the families and community of Newtown and a time for serious soul-searching and reflection. We have seen far too many tragedies of this kind, and we owe the victims--and each other--serious consideration of how to prevent more Newtowns, and Auroras, and Oak Creeks, and Tucsons in the future. As politically difficult as it may be, we must figure out how to keep deadly weapons out of the hands of those with a history of violence, criminal behavior, and severe mental illness, and how to keep weapons of mass killing out of our neighborhoods and off of our streets. Surely the horror of Sandy Hook is sufficient to challenge any temptation to accept the unacceptable or to do anything less than we possibly can to address the crying need for change."