Senator Menendez Statement on Anniversary of Tragic Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary

Senator Menendez Statement on Anniversary of Tragic Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary

NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) delivered the following statement:

"I join with every American in remembering the grief of a nation on the upcoming anniversary of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.

"One year later, the senseless killing of 20 innocent, defenseless children and six heroic faculty members continues to strike painfully close to my heart. As a father of two, the tragedy forces me, like every parent, to think about the unthinkable. No parent should ever have to bear the unspeakable pain of losing a child. There is no greater sorrow- no deeper pain- than the enormous grief with which these families are still coping.

"The universal outrage we all felt in the days and months that followed this tragedy united the country in mourning. And with one, clear and resounding voice, the nation stood up and said: Never again. Enough is enough. Let Newtown finally be the turning point when we are all willing to come together and do what's right. We cannot allow this sort of senseless violence to continue.

"One year later, I have not wavered in my commitment to achieve real, substantive common sense gun safety regulation, including universal background checks, a ban on deadly assault weapons, and closing the gun show loophole. We owe it to the American people. We owe it to the children of Newtown and to the families who are still trying to pick-up the pieces from that tragic day. We owe it to every victim of gun violence.

"On this somber anniversary, I hold the memories of each of the 26 children, teachers and staff lost close to my heart. I say a prayer and look to the day when we can say that we have moved forward toward achieving gun safety."