NEWTOWN, Conn. (WTNH)– Newtown will mark four years since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. That shooting took the lives of 20 young children and six adults.
Newtown will mark the day with 15 minutes of silence. That’s happening between 9:30 a.m. and 945 a.m., the time the shooting took place. The superintendent says there will also be quiet reflection and age appropriate messages for students.
In the wake of the shooting, a lot has happened. As you may recall, Connecticut passed some of the strictest gun laws in the country. However, gun control at the national level failed to get the support it needed to pass.Related: Planned day of kindness to honor anniversary of Sandy Hook tragedy
Of course quite a few of the Sandy Hook families who lost loved ones 4 years ago have been part of a lawsuit against gun manufacturer ‘Remington Arms.’ Family members claim the gun should’ve never been sold to the public. A judge dismissed the lawsuit back in October, citing a law that shields gun makers from lawsuits. The matter has now moved on to the Connecticut Supreme Court.
And just Tuesday, President Obama signed into law the “21st Century Cures Act.” The bi-partisan legislation was passed last week. It will provide billions of dollars to help several issues, including mental health. U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, from Connecticut was a major part of that effort.Related: President Obama to sign Murphy mental health bill
What is Governor Dannel Malloy asking people here in the state to do to mark this day?
The governor asks that the U.S. and Connecticut flags remain at half-staff in honor of the victims. You may have noticed that flags in the state were already at half-staff before Wednesday. That was for former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glen who died last week.