Statement – for Monday, January 4, 2016
Tomorrow President Obama will announce a number of executive actions focused on gun violence prevention. These actions have evolved from a long process of discussions with the President, his office and many gun violence prevention groups including Sandy Hook Promise. We believe the President’s orders are well-considered, sensible, safety measures that the majority of Americans will agree to. Poll after poll shows that most people continue to support commonsense gun laws such as background checks, but still Congress has been unable to agree on simple measures that would protect our children and our freedoms.
Since losing our loved ones in the Sandy Hook School shooting, we have tirelessly advocated for sensible legislative and programmatic change in the areas of mental health and gun safety. As gun related mortality continues across America, none of us can wait while those we have elected to serve and protect us do nothing. Though President Obama will be both praised and criticized for this, we at Sandy Hook Promise applaud him for delivering on his commitment to taking action and ultimately save lives.
Mark Barden and Nicole Hockley
Founders & Managing Directors, Sandy Hook Promise
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