Statement of Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa
Following the Sandy Hook Elementary School Tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut
Monday, December 17, 2012
"First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers should be with the families in Newtown who are burying their loved ones this week. I am heartbroken by what happened. We need to allow these families to grieve. I do agree though that it's time to study these mass shootings. I think we ought to pursue the ideas that call for a blue ribbon task force or commission with all stakeholders that can look at the much bigger issues associated with tragic events such as this. It certainly can’t be a debate just about guns. There must also be a serious and thoughtful discussion on mental health issues. And, I think you have to look at the culture of the United States which tends to be less civil now than it has been for a long period of time. If the life of these young people means anything, you have to think about how we got to the point where the value of life is less than it used to be. We must look at this from a holistic perspective; otherwise we can't address the problem."