12.13.13

Rep. Schiff on Anniversary of Newtown Shooting: We Must Keep Pushing for Gun Safety

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a former federal prosecutor and advocate for gun safety legislation, released the following statement to mark the one year anniversary on Saturday of the shootings at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school, urging Congress to take up commonsense gun violence reform legislation:

“One year after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary that took the lives of twenty children and six teachers, Congress has compounded the tragedy by failing to take up any commonsense gun measures. Congressional failure to respond to the wave of gun violence and mass shootings that have continued unabated since that terrible day last December is a sad indictment of our system. Close to two hundred more children have been shot to death since Newtown – how many more will it take?

“The American people want commonsense reforms passed now, like universal background checks for all gun purchases, an assault weapons ban, and legislation to give all victims of gun violence their day in court."

Background:Rep. Schiff is a member of the Congressional Gun Violence Taskforce, has sponsored the Equal Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act, and is a co-sponsor of bipartisan legislation to institute universal background checks sponsored by Reps. Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Peter King (R-NY).