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Napolitano’s Statement on 5-Year Remembrance of Newtown Shooting

December 14, 2017
Press Release

(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) released the following statement on the 5-year remembrance of the mass shooting which occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT:

“With heavy hearts we remember the 20 first graders and 6 educators and faculty members whose lives were so tragically cut short on that dreadful day five years ago. I have met personally with family members of the victims of this horrific act of gun violence and still cannot begin to imagine their anguish. My prayers are often with them and especially on this somber day.

“In response to this unspeakable tragedy the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force was formed, and I was proud to be appointed as a Vice Chair to focus on mental health as a critical component of reform, without stigmatizing those with mental illness. Comprehensive mental health services, including crisis counseling services, must always be made available to those in need, especially in the aftermath of tragedies.

“We continue to work diligently to expand mental health services and to address all aspects of gun violence prevention to keep our communities safe. We must honor with action those lost at Sandy Hook, their families, and the hundreds of thousands impacted by the scourge of gun violence in our nation.”

If you or someone you know needs help, call the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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