FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 13, 2017
How Sandy Hook Changed Our Country
Thursday marks the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre — a national tragedy that sparked a movement for change.
Washington, DC (December 13, 2017) — Tomorrow marks the fifth anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty children and six adults were killed in the massacre, perpetrated by a gunman with an assault rifle and high-capacity magazines.
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Media Director Andrew Patrick issued the following statement:
“Today, our thoughts are with the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre. Though we cannot possibly feel the depth of their pain on this day, we grieve with them.
“Many have said that if nothing changed after Sandy Hook, nothing will change. Many have said nothing has changed. But that sentiment simply is not true. Sandy Hook mobilized the modern gun violence prevention movement. For five years, we have been working to honor the victims of Sandy Hook with action. And we have succeeded.
“When you look beyond Washington, we have seen legislative progress at the state level. We have passed laws to remove firearms from those in crisis. We have passed laws to disarm domestic abusers. We have passed background check laws and assault weapons bans in the states. Politicians are taking on the NRA and making gun violence prevention part of their platforms. This is significant progress.
“We work every day to honor those killed five years ago. We develop policy, lobby legislators, and enact commonsense legislation with them in mind. Those 26 lives are our motivation to keep going.”