Statement from Chris Mattei, Democratic candidate for Connecticut Attorney General:
Yesterday, 17 children were killed when large bullets ripped through their bodies. 17 families were shattered. The Parkland community was devastated. Our country was hurled into yet another well of grief. And, in Connecticut, we were visited again by the trauma of Sandy Hook and the babies and educators we lost.
Here is the hard reality: this is going to keep happening.
The United States Congress as currently constituted will not lift a finger to prevent a single child from being killed by guns. Here’s why: the majority in Congress receives millions upon millions of dollars in financial support from the gun industry. The gun industry happily pays this money to prevent lawmakers from doing anything that would reduce their profits. This corrupt exchange works because lawmakers have made a choice that they would rather be re-elected with the help of the NRA than save children from losing their lives at the end of a muzzle. This is the devil’s bargain they have made.
No amount of death, shame, prayer or grief has changed this reality. The only thing that will change it is a political movement–built brick by brick–whose objective is to rid Congress of people who have turned their backs on the American people while opening their arms and pockets to the gun industry.
In Connecticut, we have a special responsibility to lead this fight. I’m in.