December 14, 2013– Mayor Michael A. Nutter issued the following statement one year after the tragic loss of 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut along with the mother of the gun wielding perpetrator:
“Today, one year after one of the most horrific acts of gun violence in American history, we Philadelphians remember the children and adults who perished in this senseless act of destruction. We will never forget what happened at Sandy Hook or the many other places of senseless gun violence – from Columbine, Virginia Tech, Tucson, Aurora and Oak Creek to the daily carnage in cities and towns across America.
“And just as we will never forget these victims of gun violence, we will remain dedicated to doing all we can to make the cities and towns across our great nation safer places where we Americans can exercise our God given and constitutionally protected rights to walk the streets with peace of mind. Americans in huge numbers want common sense gun laws, and it’s the job of their elected representatives to forge consensus across partisan divides.
“On this day of sad remembrance with a fresh act of gun violence in Colorado, let us come together in the new year with new common sense gun safety laws to increase public well-being. Let us exercise not only our voices but also let us continue to push for sensible gun regulation. The time to act is now for if not now when? This needs to be a top priority for Congress.
“Our hearts and prayers reach out to the community of Newtown and to all those who have lost loved ones because of gun violence. And to all Philadelphians who have lost a family member or friend to acts of senseless gun violence, we express our deepest sympathy and stand with you.”