Since last week's deadly shooting in Connecticut happened, community members and leaders from across the nation are weighing in and offering their condolences.
Monday, Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) issued the following statement in response to the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut:
Last week’s tragedy in Connecticut was one of unspeakable heartbreak. An entire community has been shattered by the violent actions of one mentally ill individual. It is at times like these when we must come together to form a common bond of compassion and grief.
I can only express my deepest condolences to the friends and families of the victims of the Newtown shooting and all the people of Connecticut who are struggling to deal with the magnitude of this trauma, knowing that there will always be a dark cloud over their lives that goes back to that terrible December day; to the school teachers and administrators who never imagined such a tragedy occurring in their close-knit community, and to the first responders - the police officers, firefighters, paramedics, hospital personnel, counselors and others throughout the community who accepted the call and stepped in to help, serve and minister. I pray that they find comfort in their faith and are bolstered by the strength and love of neighbors and friends and a nation that shares their grief.
As we search for answers there will be talk of how we can better identify mental illness, implement better security measures on school campuses or promote increased parental involvement. Such discussions certainly have a place; but for now, let us all simply offer up our prayers and comfort as we mourn with the people of Connecticut during this difficult time.
Senator Huff serves as the Senate Republican Leader and represents the 29thSenate District covering portions of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties. Follow Senator Huff on Twitter at @bobhuff99.