Blog

Sandy Hook Promise Urges Senate Not to Give Up Gun Violence Prevention Legislation; Requests Another Vote

 SHLogo_URL.jpg

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                   

Media Contact:

                                                                                                                                                 Dini von Mueffing Communications

Stephanie Morris

Stephanie@h-vm.com

646-650-5005

 

Sandy Hook Promise Urges Senate Not to Give Up Gun Violence Prevention Legislation; Requests Another Vote

 

 

Washington D.C. – June 20, 2016 – Sandy Hook Promise, the national gun violence prevention organization, tonight urged the Senate not to give up moving forward with legislation that would close the terror gap and expand background checks for gun buyers. Just as victims of gun violence are not able to return home, Sandy Hook Promise asks that the Senate not return home until common sense gun safety measures pass and requests another vote.

 

“Congress must come together to prevent future gun violence and tragedies,” says Nicole Hockley, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise who lost her six-year-old son Dylan in Sandy Hook. “We won't accept a series of failed votes and send our members home. They have a responsibility to all of our families.  I call on our congressional leaders to find a path forward to protect our communities and save lives."

 

Sandy Hook Promise applauds those who voted to pass Senator Chris Murphy’s and Senator Dianne Feinstein’s proposals, a much needed step to ensure that we protect our nation’s citizens and demands that Congress to come together to create legislation that can help put a stop to this epidemic of gun violence across our country.

 

Tonight’s vote comes off the heels of Senator Chris Murphy’s 15-hour filibuster last week, which ended with an emotional appeal regarding two of the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012. Senator Murphy has been a leading gun-control advocate since Sandy Hook. 

 

About Sandy Hook Promise

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a non-partisan national nonprofit formed and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.  Based in Newtown, Connecticut, SHP’s sole purpose is to prevent gun violence BEFORE it happens so that no other parents experience the senseless, horrific loss of their child.  SHP delivers, at no cost, four Know the Signs programs that teach youth and adults to recognize signs and signals of individuals who may be at-risk of hurting themselves or others and intervene to get them help before it is too late.  SHP’s Know the Signs programs have helped stop a school shooting, multiple suicide and firearm threats, while also intervening to help individuals get mental health assistance.  Additionally, SHP advocates for sensible state and federal violence prevention policy in the areas of mental health and wellness identification, intervention and treatment as well as firearm access and storage. To bring SHP’s Know the Signs programs to your school or community or help advocate for sensible policy, visit sandyhookpromise.org.

###

 

Sandy Hook Promise Calls On Senate to Pass Two Urgent Measures: Closing the Terror Gap and Enacting Background Checks for Gun Owners

SHLogo_URL.jpg

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                     

Dini von Mueffing Communications

Stephanie Morris

Stephanie@h-vm.com

646-650-5005

 

Sandy Hook Promise Calls On Senate to Pass Two Urgent Measures: Closing the Terror Gap and Enacting Background Checks for Gun Owners

 

Sandy Hook Promise Praises the Senate Floor Filibuster

 

Washington. D.C. – Sandy Hook Promise calls on the members of the Senate to pass two common sense measures regarding gun violence prevention. Thanks to Senator Chris Murphy’s work on the Senate floor last night, which ended with an emotional appeal regarding two of the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting in 2013, Republicans agreed to compromise on the matters of gun safety and the prevention of gun violence.

 

Now the Senate faces a historic vote on closing the terror gap and universal background checks.  Since Sandy Hook, the Senate has had many opportunities to pass both of these measures that would have prevented countless acts of violence since. In the wake of the Orlando tragedy, the Senate has another chance to finally come together to do the responsible thing and close these dangerous loopholes in our gun laws and prevent future gun tragedies from happening.

 

Nicole Hockley, one of the co-founders of SHP commented on Senator Chris Murphy’s work: "Since the murder of my son Dylan, his classmates and educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School, our Senators have had so many opportunities to act and close dangerous loopholes in our gun laws and save lives. Now, after yet another preventable tragedy has taken innocent lives and destroyed families, the Senate again has an opportunity to act and to do the right thing. I ask our Senators - no, I beg them - please come together and pass legislation to close the terror gap and enact universal background checks. Our country and our children need you.  Please don't let us down again. Too many innocent lives are at stake."

 

 

About Sandy Hook Promise

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a non-partisan national nonprofit formed and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.  Based in Newtown, Connecticut, SHP’s sole purpose is to prevent gun violence BEFORE it happens so that no other parents experience the senseless, horrific loss of their child.  SHP delivers, at no cost, four Know the Signs programs that teach youth and adults to recognize signs and signals of individuals who may be at-risk of hurting themselves or others and intervene to get them help before it is too late.  SHP’s Know the Signs programs have helped stop a school shooting, multiple suicide and firearm threats, while also intervening to help individuals get mental health assistance.  Additionally, SHP advocates for sensible state and federal violence prevention policy in the areas of mental health and wellness identification, intervention and treatment as well as firearm access and storage. To bring SHP’s Know the Signs programs to your school or community or help advocate for sensible policy, visit sandyhookpromise.org.

###

 

TODAY: Senators will vote on lifesaving gun safety measures! Call and urge them to vote YES on the Feinstein and Murphy Amendments.

We're just hours from today's Senate vote at 5:30 p.m. EDT on lifesaving gun safety measures – and right now we don't have the votes we need to win. Calling your senators now could make the difference.

We must send a strong, clear signal before it's too late: We demand action to make our communities safer from gun violence. Please call your senators right this minute and urge them to vote to help prevent more tragedies:

Capitol switchboard
(202) 224-3121

Mark Barden remembers how intimidated he felt when he first started talking to lawmakers after Daniel was murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary. Please don't let that stop you. We put together a few notes to help you during your quick call:

  • Start by telling them your name and that you're a constituent.
  • Let them know you support the measures from Sen. Murphy and Sen. Feinstein to strengthen the background checks system and ban individuals on the terrorist watch list from buying firearms.
  • Tell them too many families have been torn apart by gun violence, and you're counting on them to vote yes to make our communities safer.

Once you've made your calls, use this link to report back and let us know you called: http://action.sandyhookpromise.org/content_item/senatevotecalls

Thank you so much. We've been asking a lot of you, but we have to act before the next tragedy devastates another community and breaks the hearts of more families.

Sen. Chris Murphy Ends 15-hour Filibuster With Emotional Tribute to Two Sandy Hook Shooting Victims

Thanks to Senator Chris Murphy's work on the Senate floor last night, Republicans agreed to hold a vote on closing the terror gap and universal background checks.

Sen. Murphy ended with an emotional appeal regarding two of the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting in 2013:

Read more

Vice President Biden: Sandy Hook Promise's work will have a profound impact

Vice President Joe Biden opened our second annual gala honoring individuals whose work has brought nationwide awareness and meaningful change to the issue of gun violence prevention.

We were proud to honor our 2016 ‎Promise Champions: Senator Bill Cassidy, Senator Chuck Schumer and Judge Theresa Dellick of Ohio! These Champions have fought tirelessly for gun safety, mental health reform & access to care, as well as imperative prevention & intervention programs that help avert tragedies. To have their voices behind all of us on the quest to end gun violence and promote mental wellness has been encouraging and vital.

Sandy Hook Promise Statement on Pulse Orlando Nightclub Shooting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:

Dini von Mueffling Communications

Dini von Mueffling / Stephanie Morris

dini@h-vm.com/ Stephanie@h-vm.com

866.472.5510

 

 

Sandy Hook Promise Statement on

Shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida

 

 

Our hearts break for the devastated families and friends of those killed or wounded at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. We, and too many other families across the country, understand their pain and sorrow now and in the days and years to come. Our thoughts remain with them, the loved ones killed, those injured, and the countless traumatized.

 

As we all woke up on what would otherwise be a beautiful day in Connecticut, we were horrified to learn that we were all now witness to the worst mass shooting in United States history. A gunman from Florida opened fire at Pulse Nightclub overnight, killing at least 50 and wounding at least 53 others.

 

There are reports that this is related to domestic terrorism, and could also be a hate crime, as it took place at a popular gay club during Pride Month. But, what we do know, unequivocally, is that every American should be able to feel safe to enjoy a night out in any place, during any month, and at any time. Just like we should all expect to be safe at the movies, at church, and at school.

 

Through the horror, we continue to pray for the victims and their families, as well as the many still wounded and recovering. We know that these atrocities can often make a person feel helpless or like hope is lost. It is not. We must stand together and work for an end to gun violence in America. We must work tirelessly until we are able to live in a world that is safer for all.

 

Join us to honor the lives lost by vowing to do all you can to help prevent gun violence. Make the Promise, talk to your legislators, get your community involved, and encourage kindness and inclusion.

 

Our hearts are in Orlando right now, but our collective actions are needed from every community across America.

 

 

 

 

About Sandy Hook Promise:

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. We are led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators. Sandy Hook Promise is focused on preventing gun violence (and all violence) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing parents, schools and communities on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible non-policy and policy solutions that protect children and prevent gun violence. Our intent is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation. Make the Promise at SandyHookPromise.org.

 

###

 

 

Sandy Hook Promise Statement Supporting Washington State Ballot for Extreme Risk Protection Orders

 

May 25, 2016

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*            

                                                                        

 SHLogo_URL.jpg

Sandy Hook Promise Statement Supporting Washington State Ballot for Extreme Risk Protection Orders

 

   

Today, the families of Sandy Hook Promise released the following statement supporting Initiative 1491, Washington State’s Extreme Risk Protection Order Ballot Initiative:

 

“Sandy Hook Promise strongly supports the effort of Washington State voters to create Extreme Risk Protection Orders to help stop gun violence before it happens.

 

Since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary where we lost 20 precious children and their dedicated educators, we have learned that the vast majority of mass shooters show signs of their intentions before becoming violent. Extreme Risk Protection Orders are a proven and critical tool to help families and law enforcement intervene and prevent a tragedy by temporarily suspending someone’s access to firearms based on documented, sworn evidence that they pose a threat to themselves or others.

 

Families in Washington State know that loved ones are often in the best position to see the warning signs of violence and suicide first. But under current law, these families are powerless to respond.

 

We are proud to stand with Washington State families to support this important measure that will empower families and save lives while protecting Second Amendment rights.”

 

 

About Sandy Hook Promise:

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. We are led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators. Sandy Hook Promise is focused on preventing gun violence (and all violence) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing parents, schools and communities on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible non-policy and policy solutions that protect children and prevent gun violence. Our intent is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation. Make the Promise at www.sandyhookpromise.org.

###

 

 

Sandy Hook Promise Announces Winners for Start With Hello Call-to-Action Week

 SHLogo_URL.jpg

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:

Dini von Mueffling Communications

Dini von Mueffling / Stephanie Morris

dini@h-vm.com / Stephanie@h-vm.com

866.472.5510

    

Sandy Hook Promise Teaches Students Nationwide to “Start With Hello”

 to Promote Social Inclusion

 

Sandy Hook Promise Announces Winners for Start With Hello Call-to-Action Week

 

The simple act of saying “hello” can have a tremendous effect on children and young people who feel left out, lonely or invisible in their community. Sandy Hook Promise (SHP), the gun violence prevention organization founded in the days following the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, has created a proven program that schools and community organizations can implement where students can learn how to create and sustain an inclusive community. The free program “Start With Hello” teaches students the skills they need to reach out and include those who may be dealing with chronic social isolation and create a culture of inclusion and connectedness within their communities.

 

From February 8th to 12th, SHP held its annual Start With Hello Call-to-Action week, with over 360,000 students in grades 2-12 practicing inclusion through engaging, weeklong activities. Nearly 600 schools nationwide participated. To galvanize the schools to be creative and involve the community as a whole, a contest was held and Broadview Middle School in Danbury, CT won the grand prize of $10,000.

 

“Broadview Middle School is honored to receive the Start With Hello award from Sandy Hook Promise,” said Christine Miller, Social Skills Counselor at Broadview.  “Start with Hello, like Say Something, was so simple and yet so powerful, that it took on a life of its own.  Our students had questions, concerns, and ideas and these programs gave them answers and a platform to make a difference.   Our student leaders organized a week of activities and celebrations that had a ripple effect throughout our school and beyond.  The message of Start With Hello, kindness and inclusion, has had a lasting effect that is now part of our school culture.”

 

Madison Youth Group from Rexburg, ID was the runner up, impressing the judging panel with the way they promoted Start With Hello throughout the community. 

 

“Here in Madison School District, the Start With Hello campaign was a natural fit,” stated Jessica Goudy, Communications, Events and PR Director for Madison School District 321.  “The ideas and implementation were so easy that we had no problem getting support from each of our schools. Once implementation happened, it spread like wildfire and numerous stories poured in about how one simple hello was not just changing someone’s day, but impacting the school climate for the better.”

 

The following schools are receiving an honorable mention for their incredible efforts: Adlai-Stevenson PreK-8, Cleveland, OH; Green Local Schools, Green, OH; Poland Local Schools, Poland, OH; Stratford High School, Stratford, CT; Pembroke Elementary, Danbury, CT; Lincoln-Titus Elementary, Crompond, NY; Lopez Elementary, Fort Collins, CO and John A. Ferguson High School in Miami, FL.

 

Social isolation is the overwhelming feeling of being left out, lonely, or treated like you are invisible. It is a growing epidemic in the United States and within our schools. Excessive feelings of isolation can even be associated with violent and suicidal behavior. In fact, one study reports that chronic loneliness increases our risk of an early death by 14%. Furthermore, young people who are isolated can become victims of bullying, violence and/or depression. As a result, many further pull away from society, struggle with learning and social development and may choose to hurt themselves or others.

 

“We hear stories from many young people who say a simple ‘hello’ is enough for a kid who is always left out to feel noticed and valued. Reaching out to and including young people who are chronically isolated can help them in many ways, including from hurting themselves or others,” said Mark Barden, Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise and father of 7-year-old Daniel Barden who was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

“Start With Hello teaches our young people how to notice and reach out to each other. Reducing social isolation starts with our young people and we can empower them to build connections and help others in their classrooms, schools and communities.”

 

The last national week that Sandy Hook Promise held was for its Say Something program in October 2015. The program trained over 200,000 students across the country on how to recognize warning signs and signals from their peers, especially in social media, and tell a trusted adult. The free training received incredibly positive feedback from participants and also helped avert a potential tragedy at a school in Cincinnati.

 

About Sandy Hook Promise

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. We are led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators. Sandy Hook Promise is focused on preventing gun violence (and all violence) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing parents, schools and communities on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible non-policy and policy solutions that protect children and prevent gun violence. Our intent is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation.

 

Make the Promise at www.sandyhookpromise.org

 

###