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Neguse Statement on the Today’s Threat to Denver Area Schools Just Days Before Columbine Anniversary

April 17, 2019
Press Release

Boulder, CO—Congressman Joe Neguse released the following statement after schools across the Denver area were closed this morning due to a credible threat of gun violence:  

“I am incredibly grateful for our local law enforcement and the FBI for ensuring the safety and security of our students and communities throughout today’s unfortunate incident. While the threat has now passed, the events this morning just days ahead of the 20th anniversary of the Columbine shooting, open a particularly deep wound for our state, our community and the country as a whole. The tragic shooting at Columbine High School 20 years ago marked a grim turning point where gun violence in schools became normalized, and we as a nation became frozen in our inaction.

“We cannot sit by as gun violence remains the national norm, and our children continue to grow up in an environment constantly targeted by threats. Democrats in the House have taken bold steps to pass universal background checks and other safety measures to protect our nation, I urge my Senate colleagues to join the fight to end the epidemic of gun violence in our country.

“In the coming days, we will reflect on the people we lost 20 years ago at Columbine, and we will celebrate them. But we must also rededicate ourselves to continuing the push for true gun safety laws to prevent any more of these awful anniversaries.”