Note: The Human Rights Campaign issued the following statement from President Chad Griffin on the fifth anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut:
Five years ago today, 26 innocent peopleincluding 20 childrenwere murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in a horrific act of violence that shook the nation and the world. HRC remembers the lives lost that day and we honor them with action. Whether in a school, a church or a nightclub, gun violence affects every community across America and demands the attention of our lawmakers. HRC stands with Giffords and Everytown for Gun Safety, as well as other gun safety advocates, in demanding Congress pass common-sense gun safety reform to curb the tide of hate violence.
In 2016, after a gunman killed 49 peoplemost of them LGBTQ and Latinxin Orlando's Pulse Nightclub, HRC's Board of Directors adopted a resolution that addresses both the epidemic of hate that has fueled anti-LGBTQ-motivated murder, assault and discrimination as well as common-sense gun violence prevention policies that would help keep the LGBTQ community safe. The resolution established HRC's organizational position that the safety of LGBTQ people in the United States requires the adoption of common-sense gun violence prevention measures, including limiting access to assault-style rifles, expanding background checks, and limiting the ability for suspected terroristsand those with a history of violence against womento access guns.