Washington, DC — Today marks the 20th anniversary of the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School, during which two shooters killed 13 people. The tragedy remains one of the deadliest school shootings in American history.
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Deputy Legislative Director Dakota Jablon issued the following statement:
“Our thoughts are with the families of those killed and injured at Columbine High School 20 years ago and the community affected by the tragedy. Though we cannot possibly know the depth of your pain and grief, we stand beside you, determined to make our country safer for future generations.
“Too many children have been killed or injured by guns in their schools, on their streets, or in their homes since Columbine. Too many parents and relatives have had to hear the worst news imaginable. Though it often feels as though these tragedies are endless, that change cannot come quickly enough, rest assured — it is coming. The ground is shifting.
“The laws are changing at the state level — including in Colorado. We are seeing shifts at the federal level. We are working hard to ensure that these tragic anniversaries do not continue in perpetuity. We are fighting to ensure that the individuals killed at Columbine — and the people lost to gun violence every day since — did not die in vain.”