senseless, horrific tragedy that took place in Newtown, Connecticut
last Friday has shaken us all to our cores. We ask ourselves,
why? Today, I spoke on the Senate
floor to join with every American in expressing our deep and
abiding grief as a nation and our deepest -- most heartfelt --
condolences to the families of the victims.
As the father of two,
this strikes painfully close to my heart, painfully close to the heart
of every parent. There is no greater sorrow -- no deeper pain
-- than the enormous grief that these families are suffering: 20
innocent children, 6 teachers and school employees and their families.
No parent should ever have to bear the unspeakable pain of losing a
child, especially to this type of tragedy.
We must ensure the Newtown tragedy marks a turning
point when we are all willing to come together and do what’s
right. As we pray for the victims, I believe we must commit
ourselves -- as a nation -- to a long-overdue debate about gun violence and
how we help those who suffer mental illnesses in our
We must finally pass common sense gun laws. No more politics.
No more excuses.
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