For Immediate Release - December 12, 2013

AG Coakley’s Statement on One Year Anniversary of Newtown Tragedy

BOSTON – Today, Attorney General Martha Coakley issued this statement regarding the one-year anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

“Saturday is the one year anniversary of the tragedy that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and we will all pause to remember the innocent lives that were lost that day.

“It is also a sad reminder of the failure of Congress to take any meaningful action on sensible gun control reform. I continue to urge Congress to pass legislation to ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, and close the gun show loophole. There are also additional steps we can take in Massachusetts to better protect our communities. Governor Patrick has proposed necessary changes such as closing the gun show loophole and bringing Massachusetts into compliance with national criminal background check requirements. I also look forward to reviewing the recommendations of the Speaker’s task force that are expected soon. We must all commit ourselves to ending gun violence in America – whether in a suburban school or on the streets of our largest cities. The time for action is now.”

BACKGROUND:

Last year, AG Coakley sent a letter to President Obama and Congressional leaders urging for meaningful gun control reform and more resources for mental health services.

In her remarks to the Public Health Commission in October, AG Coakley called for a continued focus on mental health services to ensure that these services are available to all who need it, ending barriers to treatment while also ending the stigma associated with mental illness.

This week, Vice President Biden announced that $100 million would be provided to community health centers across the country to serve those suffering from mental illness.

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