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WASHINGTON —U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) released a statement on Wednesday in support of all the students and faculty members taking part in the National School Walkout, which was organized in honor of the 17 students and teachers who were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last month. 

“I want to thank all the students and faculty members in Connecticut and across the country who made the decision to participate in the National School Walkout today to honor the 17 students and teachers who were killed in Parkland last month and all the others who were so deeply affected by this tragedy. Our grief for them will never end.

“But the truth is, this epidemic doesn’t take a day off. While the mass shootings get the national attention, every day, 80 to 90 people in this country die from a gunshot wound. This catastrophic rate of violence happens because of the government’s inaction, and so today cannot just be a moment of remembrance – it needs to be a moment of action. I hope every person taking part in today's demonstrations thinks seriously about how they can stay involved in this movement and demand that Congress enacts common sense guns laws to make sure that the daily violence that plagues our nation comes to an end. If you join this fight, I will be right there by your side."

This statement and a video from Murphy were distributed to schools participating in the National School Walkout across Connecticut.