Pelosi Remarks at Press Event Honoring Two-Year Anniversary of Newtown Tragedy

Dec 10, 2014
Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi joined Congressional leaders and gun violence prevention advocates today for a press event honoring the second anniversary of the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, and to call for expanded background checks to curb the epidemic of gun violence in America. Below are the Leader’s remarks:

“Thank you very much, Sue, for your introduction and your leadership to prevent gun violence. 

“Many of us are gathered here today to listen, to hear the stories again, so sadly, and be inspired to take action.  We heard the beautiful children talk about the names.  The numbers are clear: 20 children and six teachers at Sandy Hook.  Since then, there have been nearly 95 school shootings – nearly 100 school shootings in our country – 95 school shootings in our country, tens of thousands of people in other circumstances killed.  The background check bill has blocked the purchase of 2.4 million sales to dangerous people since the inception of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act. 

“George Bernard Shaw once said: ‘The sign of a truly intelligent person is that he or she is swayed by statistics.’  These are statistics with lives attached, with loss attached.  They demand that our message be the same: Congress must act to pass the bipartisan legislation – bipartisan, sponsored by Congressman Mike Thompson, who is here, and Congressman King of New York.  They have gathered more than 180 co-sponsors to expand and strengthen our background checks system.  We have to do it.  We’ve come together before; we’ve said: We will not stop until this is over.  I have no answer to people – some just in my office, and that’s why I was a little big delayed – who said: ‘What is the answer to the question: Why has Congress not acted?’  With all of the gun violence in our country, 20 little children and their teachers, what could be more clear?  Every person back here, a story of life and loss.  What could be more clear?

“So it is imperative that we act.  And you know what, we must stick with this.  Right, Mike?  Isn’t that our California way?  We stick with this until it gets done.   We want to shorten the distance between what is inevitable to us that this will happen and inconceivable to some – to shorten that distance. 

“And now it is my pleasure – I wouldn’t say pleasure – it’s my honor – pleasure under other circumstances – to introduce to you Sandy and Lonnie Phillips who lost their beloved 24 year-old daughter, Jessi, in the Aurora movie theatre tragedy in 2012.” 

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