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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.