WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on Monday released the following statement on the eighth anniversary of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School:

“It’s hard to describe the grief I feel today. Eight years after the tragic day, I’m reminded how important it is to hold your loved ones closer and to be kinder to the people around you,” said Murphy. “But where there’s grief, there’s hope. I carry the memory of those children with me every day as I fight in Congress to change our country’s broken gun laws. I continue to be inspired by the advocates in Newtown and across this country who won’t stop fighting to make this world a gentler, safer place for our children and our communities.”

Murphy continued: “On this day, I encourage everyone to take time to do an act of kindness in their communities. The arc of our fight to change the status quo is long, but the progress we have made over the years shows the growing strength of our movement. The advocates of change are so powerful in their cause that they won’t take no for an answer.”