Martin M. Looney

Senate President Pro Tempore

Martin M. Looney

An Advocate for Us

May 25, 2022

Sen. Looney Releases Statement on Texas School Shooting

Today Sen. Looney released the following statement on the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

“My heart breaks for the families of the victims of the tragedy in Uvalde, Texas. The people of Connecticut know all too well what your community is experiencing. We know there are no words that can provide significant comfort in this moment.

After the senseless slaughter in Sandy Hook, we in Connecticut took action to help prevent future mass shootings. Democrats and Republicans came together because we knew our laws and policies have an impact and we could not simply just wring our hands and hope it never happened again.

Since that time, other states have taken similar action. However, far too many states, including Texas, have passed legislation to make tragedies like yesterday more rather than less likely. Controlled by the views of the far right, Texas and other states have irrationally and incorrectly viewed any reasonable regulation on firearms as a threat to the 2nd Amendment.

Some, like Governor Abbott of Texas, attempt to sidestep the question of access to firearms by asserting that the problem is exclusively one of a growing mental health crisis. The mental health crisis is indeed real, but a deranged person with ready access to an AR-15 is infinitely more dangerous to the community at large than one without such access.

Judge your leaders not on their words today but their actions over the coming months.”