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"But since Sandy Hook, about 90,000 more Americans have died in shootings, and Congress has done nothing."
To mark the third anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting that saw the murder of dozens, including young children, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz ripped into Republicans for "their worship of the NRA."
Wasserman Schultz, a U.S. House member from Florida, made the statement as President Barack Obama is reportedly finalizing plans take executive action on gun control. As of Monday, the White House had no details as to whether an announcement would come this week to coincide with the anniversary of the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.
In December 2012, a gunman massacred more than 26 students and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
"The nation grieved with the victims' families and friends, and we continue to mourn the still unimaginable loss of life," Wasserman Schultz said. "But since Sandy Hook, about 90,000 more Americans have died in shootings, and Congress has done nothing to enact meaningful, common-sense gun violence prevention measures. In fact, the senators running for president joined their Republican colleagues in Congress to vote against keeping guns out of the hands of criminals, people on the terror watch list and no fly list, and the mentally ill."
She said that Democrats "won't stop" trying to enact gun control measures.
"The vast majority of Americans support universal background checks, for example, a simple step we could start implementing tomorrow if Republicans would drop their worship of the NRA and their agenda and pick up the mantle of doing the right thing," Wasserman Schultz said.
"Democrats have tried and won't stop trying to keep Americans safe, while Republicans continue to put their head in the sand and cling to anything but common sense," she said.
Last week, Gun Owners for Gun Control, an affiliate of MoveOn.org, suggested Obama could take the executive action to coincide with the Newtown shooting.
"On Monday, the third anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting that claimed the lives of 20 innocent children and six educators, we'll stand proud knowing that our president is taking action to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people," the organization said in a statement.
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