Steinberg Statement on Newton, CT School Shooting

December 14, 2012

(Sacramento) – State Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg is issuing the following statement on this morning’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut:

“I am stunned, as are all Americans, by this horrendous tragedy. The massacre of innocent young children makes this even more abominable, and my heart breaks for those kids, their families, and their classmates and teachers. We hold them in our hearts and in our prayers.

“Since the late 1980’s, we have seen such terror unfold at schools all over the country, including close to home in Olivehurst, Stockton and Southern California. Wherever it occurs, we are all touched by these despicable crimes against the innocent.

“In the weeks and months ahead, we will learn more about how this happened and what may have been done to help prevent it. It’s incumbent upon us to ask the questions that need answers, examine the circumstances, and to address these issues with whatever steps we can take to better protect our families and our schools.

“Now however, is a time for us to mourn, and to hold our children and loved ones closer as we pray for the victims in Newtown, Connecticut.”