Chris Dodd, former Democratic U.S. Senator from Connecticut and current CEO and chair of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the entertainment industry's chief lobbying group, on Thursday issued a statement in response to the deadly mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. last week. In his statement, Dodd expressed support for the President's gun control efforts and also highlighted his close connection to the state. Read it in full below:
“As a citizen of Connecticut and having represented the people there for 36 years in Washington, I have been shocked and profoundly saddened by this tragedy. My heart goes out to the community as I know they will carry this pain with them long after the spotlight on Newtown has dimmed.
As chairman of the MPAA and on behalf of the motion picture and television studios we represent, we join all Americans in expressing our sympathy as well as our horror and outrage at this senseless act of violence. Thus, I have reached out to the Administration to express our support for the President’s efforts in the wake of the Newtown tragedy. Those of us in the motion picture and television industry want to do our part to help America heal. We stand ready to be part of the national conversation.”