Sandy Hook shooting featured in the State of the Union

AP Photo/Charles Dharapak
AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

NEWTOWN, Conn.  (WTNH) —  While President Barack Obama came up short on his push for new federal gun control in 2013, he remains committed to the cause. In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama referred to the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

“Citizenship means standing up for the lives that gun violence steals from us each day. I have seen the courage of parents, students, pastors, and police officers all over this country who say “we are not afraid,” and I intend to keep trying, with or without Congress, to help stop more tragedies from visiting innocent Americans in our movie theaters, shopping malls, or schools like Sandy Hook,” said the President, about midway through his address.

At the conclusion of the President’s address Connecticut Democratic Senator Chris Murphy continued the message.

“I also applaud the president for his commitment to ending the epidemic of gun violence on our city streets and in our schools. Since tragedy struck Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012, tens of thousands more innocent people have been killed by gun violence – a reality that will continue without meaningful changes to our gun laws,” Murphy said. “But the administration can only do so much to reduce this violence. Congress needs to reverse course and take action on common sense measures, such as improving background checks and investing in mental health, so that our schools and streets are safer for future generations.”

Sen. Richard Blumenthal also commended the president on his middle class agenda, but also called the speech a grand slam when it comes to veterans.

“I applaud the President for focusing on the needs and challenges of our nation’s veterans – men and women of unparalleled courage and dedication who now need and deserve services and assistance in unprecedented numbers.”

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