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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut


Esty Honors Families of Sandy Hook Victims, Calls for Action on House Floor

December 14, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), a vice-chair of the House’s Gun Violence Prevention Task Force representing Newtown, Connecticut, held a discussion on the House floor on Wednesday night to honor the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012 and call for Congress to take action. 

“Twenty schoolchildren and six educators – twenty six and seven year olds – were ripped from the community of Newtown,” Esty said. “I remember that day. I was a newly-elected Member of Congress, learning about what it means to serve in this august body, when I started to receive e-mails and text messages telling me that something terrible happened at home. And by noon, I learned the worst: that children had been killed. 

“I threw my things in the car and drove from Boston. I called my mother, I called my minister, and I prayed for wisdom, guidance, and the courage to face the families. I arrived to find families being notified that the children they had put on the bus that morning – children who were thinking of Hanukkah, of the start of Christmas, and of the newly-fallen snow on the ground – those children would never come home. 

“It’s sad. It’s sad and it’s inexcusable that as I stand here five years later, the people’s House still has not taken action.”

View Rep. Esty’s opening floor remarks from last night’s Special Order Hour by clicking the image above or this link.