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Eight Years after Sandy Hook, Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Honors Those We Lost and Renews Call for Action

Washington, DC — Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, co-founder of the gun violence prevention group Giffords, released the following statement on the eighth anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Statement from former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords:

“Eight years ago, our country stood still after hearing the news that 20 children and six of their educators would never come home from Sandy Hook Elementary. Time passes, but the pain and loss of that day remains. Today and always we remember the precious souls who should still be with us.

“In the wake of this horrific day in 2012, I traveled to Newtown and met with many of the families still in mourning. But I knew words were not enough—it was time to act. Shortly after my visit, I founded the gun violence prevention organization that now bears my name. We must never stop demanding that our leaders create a new future where no child ever fears going to school. A future free from gun violence is possible. We just need to find the courage to make it happen.”