U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro issued this release Wednesday on delivering
the opening statement at the hearing on “Gun Violence Prevention: A Call to
Action.” It is unedited here.
"Representatives heard from a panel of witnesses who have
witnessed the devastating effects of gun violence first hand, including the
Newtown Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Janet Robinson," the release said
The remarks are as prepared for delivery, the release said:
“Thank you. It is my privilege to welcome you. Thank
you to Leader Pelosi for calling this important hearing. I am also
pleased to join Rob Andrews, co-chair of the Steering and Policy Committee, and
my other colleagues for being here today. And thank you to all the members of
our distinguished panel today for taking the time to join us.
“I personally want to thank and acknowledge our visitor from
Connecticut, Superintendent Janet Robinson of the Newtown Public School System.
I know that Janet has been working with teachers and Dr. Marans at an
unbelievable institution, the Yale Child Trauma Center, on ways to help
teachers work through this tragedy with their students. I look forward to
hearing more about this, and to your testimony.
“Last month at Sandy Hook, a place where children should be
safe to learn and to grow, the incomprehensible actions of a young man suddenly
devastated a small-town community.
Six adults and 20 innocent children, all of them between 6
and 7 years old, were murdered in cold blood. We have seen similar acts
of terror and evil in Aurora and Portland, in Littleton and Blacksburg, in
Oakland and Tucson – all across our country. We see the loss of life from
gun violence every day, all across this nation.
“After the unthinkable tragedy in Newtown, President Obama
spoke to the country and asked us: Are we doing enough to protect our children?
The answer, he admitted, is no. And that must change. That is why we are here
“In today’s hearing, we will hear from people who deal with
the effects of gun violence every day. The wide range of experience and
expertise from these panelists will facilitate a discussion on the common-sense
and constructive steps that we must take to ensure these sorts of tragedies
will never happen again.
“I have a letter from the teachers of Newtown which I enter
into the record. I will just share you with one part.
“It reads: ‘In our schools, we need to strike the right
balance to ensure that schools are nurturing while also safe. And we need to
strike the right balance so that schools do not become armed fortresses where
kids are unable to be kids. The voice of educators is critical to ensuring that
we find and maintain this balance between safety and learning.’
“As we move forward during this difficult time,
collaboration, communication, and valuing the voice and experience of all the
members of our community – teachers, educators, law enforcement
officials, and the affected families – will be essential to making our
schools and streets safer, stronger, and more united.
“That is why we are here today. To prevent another Sandy
Hook, we all have to work together to end gun violence. I hope we can continue
that conversation today on how best to accomplish this, and make our children
Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed. The photo is a file photo.
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