Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) issued the following statement today marking the six month anniversary of the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut:
"Six months later, our hearts still ache for the six adults and twenty children murdered in cold blood. A small-town community was devastated, yet those families who lost loved ones are still waiting for Congress to act. That is shameful.
"We have the highest rate of gun deaths per year in the industrialized world. 30,000 deaths and almost 75,000 injuries are caused by guns every year. An average of eight children and teens are killed by guns in America, every single day. And over 4,500 Americans have been killed by gun violence in the past six months. All those families are waiting for Congress to act as well.
"Congress has to move forward in a common-sense, responsible fashion to prevent gun violence in America. This is something the American people overwhelmingly support, and something the American people expect from us.
"We know for a fact that commonsense, responsible policies like comprehensive background checks make a difference. One recent study found that the ten states with the weakest gun laws collectively suffer from a level of gun violence that is more than twice as high as the ten states with the strongest gun laws.
"Connecticut has stepped up to the plate, passing a comprehensive gun violence prevention bill that strengthens gun laws throughout our state. Congress should follow their example. The longer we keep waiting, the more innocent victims will die, and the more senseless tragedies we will have to endure."