May 7, 2019 — Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who founded the gun violence prevention organization Giffords, released the following statement in response to the shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch outside Denver, Colorado.
Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords:
“My heart is with the parents, students, teachers, and first responders in Colorado currently living the nightmare that far too many communities have been forced to face. As a nation, we have failed to prevent the threat of gun violence from becoming a numbing reality for our children.
“How many more kids will have to run from a shooter? How many more will have to message their family from a hiding place? How many more families will have their lives forever altered by tragedy? Our children deserve better.
“Children deserve to feel safe at school, at home, and in their neighborhoods. They deserve a childhood where their biggest worry is completing their homework, not listening for the sound of gunfire outside their classroom. They deserve elected leaders who will do everything in their power to fight the gun violence crisis that’s impacting every family, causing heartbreak in every community, and devastating this country. It’s been 69 days since the House of Representatives passed their background checks bill. When will we see that kind of leadership from the Senate and White House?”