Family members of Sandy Hook victims react to Vegas shooting with renewed call for gun control
Your thoughts and prayers still aren’t good enough for them.
The families who lost loved ones five years ago in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting reacted with sympathy, outrage and a call to action Monday morning in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre that has taken over 58 lives.
Dismissing the notion that now is not the time to discuss gun control, Erica Lafferty, daughter of Sandy Hook Principal Dawn Hochsprung, tweeted, “This IS a moment for politics. Please, don’t say it’s not. Too many lives have been taken. For me and so many others, it’s too late.”
Hochsprung was among six adult staff members who were killed when 20-year-old Adam Lanza entered the school in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, 2012, armed with an AR-15-pattern semi-automatic rifle.
Lanza would fatally shoot 20 children between the ages of 6 and 7 in what would be the fourth deadliest mass shooting by a single person in U.S. history.
The Vegas massacre is now ranked number one.
“What I want to do – sit on my couch and cry,” Lafferty shared in another tweet. “What I am doing – tweeting, calling and emailing Congress, encouraging others to get involved.”
Far from alone in her anger, Lafferty was joined by Danielle Vabner, a University of Texas at Austin School of Journalism graduate and the older sister of Noah Pozner, who was just 6 years old when he lost his life.
“Horrified. Angry. Devastated. Heart-broken. We need to talk about this TODAY,” Vabner stated. “We cannot allow this to continue or become the norm.”
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Later Monday afternoon, she added, “Thoughts and prayers mean nothing without action.”
Meanwhile, the mother of a child killed in the 2012 tragedy is pointing her criticism directly at Congress for offering little more than apathy when her 6-year-old daughter, Ana, got gunned down inside her school while also highlighting racial discrimination.
“I don’t know what to say besides this is on every congressperson who said in ’13: ‘There is simply nothing we could do,'” Nelba Marquez-Greene tweeted. “You don’t recover from this – as a mother, brother, father. You manage. But there is no recovery. I am heartbroken.
“As a mom who had to bury a child,” she continued, “I could care less about perp color. But how come we never talk about angry white men with guns? How come we only want to talk when it fits our own narrative? Please. Help mothers keep children safe from gun violence.”
Among her messages for lawmakers was a home movie of the child she lost, playing the piano with her older brother. It was aimed at both Congress and Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, who previously commented that Ana and the other 19 kids were gunned down at Sandy Hook because Americans had “forgotten the law of God.”
For the family of Newtown teacher Vicki Soto, gearing up for an annual 5K race in her name to be held next month, they reacted with equal parts compassion for those experiencing loss today while expressing discouragement that events like these continue to occur without action.
“We don’t know what to say. Our hearts are heavy, and we are deeply saddened by what happened in Vegas, the Soto family’s statement reads. “Our prayers go out to the families to heal from this horrific event. Unfortunately, as we prepare for Vicki’s 5K, we know they never will fully heal.