7 years and 180 school shootings later, anti-gun violence advocates honor Sandy Hook victims

A group gathers on the Capitol steps to remember the victims of Sandy Hook. (Capital-Star photo by Cassie Miller.)

A small group braved the cold Thursday evening to pay tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting on its seventh anniversary on the Capitol steps.

The group, Moms Demand Action, read the names of the 26 victims aloud in remembrance.

“We stand together and commit to making a difference,” said local Moms Demand Action leader Shanna Danielson.

According to the Los Angeles Times, there have been more than 180 school shootings since Sandy Hook.

Reflecting on the reoccurring nature of school shootings, Danielson said, “Sandy Hook was supposed to be the turning point.”

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry. Miller has an extensive background in magazine writing, editing and design. She is a graduate of Penn State University where she served as the campus newspaper’s photo editor. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in professional journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to her role at the Capital-Star, Miller enjoys working on her independent zines, Dead Air and Infrared.