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State Senator

Steve Cassano

Representing Andover, Bolton, Glastonbury & Manchester

Senator Cassano Releases Statement in Response to Shooting at Texas Elementary School


Today, State Senator Steve Cassano (D-Manchester) released the following statement in response to Tuesday's tragic shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, where a gunman who purchased two high-powered rifles on his 18th birthday forced entry to the school and killed 19 children and two teachers:

"Last year, I lost my son at the age of 50. I still carry the weight of his absence with me every day. The pain can be overwhelming. I cannot even begin to fathom the pain that 21 families are now experiencing. Nineteen of those families lost their children before they even got a chance to grow up. It is American tradition and the American dream for us to send our children to schools where they learn, grow and begin their lives. It is unfathomable to see heartbreak and tragedy befall so many. Again."

"Today, Connecticut has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, which came in response to one of the greatest tragedies in our state's history, the events of Sandy Hook, Connecticut on December 14, 2012 where 20 children and six educators lost their lives to senseless violence. We've been asked repeatedly since those enhancements were enacted to ease up these restrictions. The issue is not that Connecticut's gun laws are too strict; it's that the rest of the country's laws are much too lenient. The tragedy at Robb Elementary School yesterday shows exactly why relaxing gun laws would move the state in the wrong direction. We need to keep those protections in place and continue passing responsible laws that protect our communities and children from gun violence, not only in our state but across our nation. Far too many lives are at stake if we do not act."

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