Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) issued the following statement in response to today's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut:
"Today's shooting in Connecticut is a national tragedy. I join the nation in praying for the victims, their families, friends, & community.
"The death of a child is an immeasurable grief that no parent should ever have to bear. Today, it is far too common in our country to hear news reports of children being gunned down for doing something as basic as going to school. Whether on the South Side of Chicago, the suburbs of Connecticut, or anywhere else in the United States children should be free to be children in a safe and nurturing environment.
"Once again, the sanctity of childhood and the sanctity of our schools has been marred by gun violence. As Newtown and communities across the nation cope with their grief we must act to prevent something as horrendous as this from occurring again.
"I call upon my colleagues in the United States Congress to come out from under their hiding to courageously face this growing pandemic of gun violence in our nation. We are long overdue for a serious national discourse on gun control.
"On behalf of my wife Carolyn and the constituents of the First Congressional District of Illinois I extend my heartfelt sympathy to the victims, the survivors, their loved ones, and the community of Newtown as we keep them in our thoughts and prayers."