‘We Haven’t Forgotten’: Activists, Politicians Honor Sandy Hook Victims on 6th Anniversary of Shooting

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On December 14, 2012, 26 people were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty of the victims were children.

Exactly six years later, Americans are looking back on the tragedy that took the lives of young children and what has, and hasn’t, changed since.

Nicole Hockley had two children at Sandy Hook at the time. One survived, one didn’t. On Twitter Friday, the mother, now the managing director of the Sandy Hook Promise, memorialized her son. “Good night, my beautiful butterfly, Dylan.”

Delaney Tarr, a Parkland school shooting survivor and March For Our Lives member, posted a picture with all the victims on Twitter. “We share their pain,” she wrote. “We share their grief.”

Friday also marks ten months since the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Co-founder of March For Our Lives Matt Deitsch mentioned that the elementary school kids killed six years ago would’ve all been in middle school by now and the ones that survived are “still practicing active shooter drills.”

Politicians that advocate for gun control also shared their condolences and promises for change. Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) said that she thought the tragedy at Sandy Hook would be “as low as we go” and that laws would change.

She later added: “We haven’t forgotten the 26 lives lost at Sandy Hook, nor will we. We must pass commonsense gun laws to reduce gun violence and help prevent mass shootings from happening. The absolute least we owe those kids is real gun reform.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) also weighed in on the anniversary.

Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, a victim of gun violence herself, wrote about the “unspeakable” tragedy, saying, “No matter how many years pass, my heart breaks. No matter how many years pass, my life will remain devoted to this cause.”

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed the anniversary on her Twitter as well.

Earlier this week, gun reform group Sandy Hook Promise released a video about noticing the signs of a possible school shooting. The shocking PSA has over 80,000 views and has been shared by politicians and activists alike.

Watch the video below:

While years have passed since the mass shooting, fear entered the small Connecticut town once more today. A bomb threat was sent to Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday morning. According to the Huffington Post, the school was evacuated and students and teachers were sent home for the rest of the day. Connecticut Senator Chris Murphey tweeted “my heart is breaking” at the news.

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KhyberRifle
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For the life of me I don’t understand the blue/red distinction on this anniversary. It’s a sad and tasteless leap from Nicole Hockley’s twitter post to a March For Our Lives puff

Rocky Drummond
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“A bomb threat was sent to Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday morning.”

So six years later scumbags still can’t leave them in peace! They even tore down their school and rebuilt it, to try to heal their community.

TOM
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And what is the connection between the shooting 6 year ago and the bomb threat today? In both cases it is deranged people. Adam Lanza had no actual ties to the school yet he decided that he would go and shoot the place up killing 26. Unfortunately we don’t know why because he was also killed.
I don’t know the particulars on the bomb threat, it could have been a student wanting to get out of taking a test or some such, but that is usually not something an elementary student does.

TOM
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That is more what a high schooler does.
As to why they can’t be left in peace, they keep themselves in the news for 6 years now. And Columbine and MSD (Parkland).

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