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Sandy Hook Promise Commends Bipartisan Gun Violence Prevention Progress in Passage of the STOP School Violence Act, Fix NICS, Gun Research Policy

Sandy Hook Promise applauds the bipartisan passage of gun violence prevention policies in the Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus funding bill. Sandy Hook Promise has proudly worked with Republicans and Democrats to pass the STOP School Violence Act of 2018 (H.R. 4909/S. 2495) that will train millions more students and adults to Know the Signs of gun violence and how to act to prevent it. Sandy Hook Promise has also supported the Fix NICS Act to increase reporting to the background checks system and policy to ensure the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) can research gun violence prevention.   

“We have been working for over a year to pass the STOP School Violence Act to give our students and educators proven training to prevent all forms of violence and self-harm in our schools. We were proud to work with the bipartisan champions of this legislation to ensure millions more students will be trained to know the signs of violence and act to save lives. We also applaud the passage of the Fix NICS Act that will strengthen our existing background checks system. Our work does not end here, we will continue to bring our prevention programs to schools and communities across the country at no cost and advocate for life-saving policies from extreme risk protection orders to universal background checks to protect all of our children from gun violence,” said Mark Barden, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, and the father of Daniel, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.

Sandy Hook Promise praises the following members for introducing and advancing the Students, Teachers and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018 to final passage: Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL), Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (R-KY), and Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), Tom Udall (D-NM), Dean Heller (R-NV), Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Senator Doug Jones (D-AL), Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), Senator Todd Young (R-IN), Senator Steve Daines (R-MT), Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), and Senator Angus King (I-ME).  We also thank Senate and House of Representative leadership, including Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in addition to the Senate and House Judiciary Committee Chairmen and Ranking Members, for their leadership in expediting this legislation across the finish line.

The Stoneman Douglas students have shown the country that we can make real progress ending gun violence in our communities,” said Congressman Deutch. “I’m proud that our bipartisan school safety legislation will become law, thanks to the great work of Sandy Hook Promise and my Republican colleague Congressman Rutherford.  Communities across the country will now be able to implement programs to prevent school violence, including shootings and suicides. It is a first step, and an important one. I hope that we can build on this victory and take more steps to address gun violence.”

“I want to thank the members and parents of Sandy Hook Promise for the vital role they played in getting this bill passed and for all they have done to advocate for school safety and violence prevention,” stated Congressman Rutherford. “As a 40-year career law enforcement officer, I know firsthand the importance of identifying signs of trouble and intervening in a situation before it escalates to violence. With the passage of this bill, we are taking important steps to keep our students and teachers safe by working together to prevent tragedy before it occurs.”

“Over the past few weeks, we’ve worked closely with families from Sandy Hook and Parkland, along with a number of other key groups, to advance the STOP School Violence Act,” said Senator Hatch.  “This historic, bipartisan proposal extends critical, lifesaving resources to schools to keep our students safe from.  I’m deeply grateful to members in both parties who have worked with me to get this bill included in the omnibus.  While my legislation is just a first step and not a perfect solution, we know it will save lives.”

“The STOP School Violence Act will provide tools and resources to law enforcement, teachers, and students to help prevent acts of violence in our schools before they start—but, it’s just one part of the solution, said Senator Klobuchar. I believe we still need to pass a number of other safety measures related to guns, including universal background checks.”

“This bill gives students and school officials the tools they need to help reduce fear in our classrooms and a plan of action when warning signs appear,” said Rep. Rogers. “Enhancing early detection, prevention, and coordination with law enforcement will save lives. There may not be one single answer to preventing all future violence in schools, but this funded effort is very much a part of the solution.”

"When we drop off our kids at school, we want them to be excited about the day ahead — not fearful for their safety. Including the STOP School Violence Act in the Omnibus means it will make it to the president’s desk. This is the first of what I hope will be many steps towards making schools safer and preventing gun violence. The Act will give teachers, students and law enforcement more support from Congress,” Rep. Derek Kilmer said. “But the problem of gun violence needs to be addressed directly. The leaders of Congress need to listen to the students and teachers marching this and demanding more action on this issue and better policies that make it harder to use a gun to commit violence.”

The Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus spending bill includes the STOP School Violence Act with $75 million in the first year and $100 million in annual funding for a total of 10 years. The STOP School Violence Act was introduced in the House of Representatives before the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to build off of the research and lessons learned from Sandy Hook and other tragic shootings and scale proven, evidence-based early intervention programming to schools across the country to prevent future school shootings, suicides, and other forms of school violence. The legislation invests in early intervention and prevention programs by authorizing the Department of Justice to make grants to states for the purposes of training students, school personnel, and law enforcement to identify signs of violence and intervene to prevent people from hurting themselves or others. The legislation also permits the development and operation of anonymous reporting systems, and formation of school threat assessment and intervention teams to help schools intake and triage threats before tragedy strikes.

The FY2018 omnibus also includes the Fix NICS Act and policy to clarify that CDC can research the causes of gun violence. The FIX NICS Act holds agencies accountable for reporting violent and other prohibited persons into the nation’s background check system and creates a Domestic Abuse and Violence Prevention Initiative to ensure that states have adequate resources and incentives to share all relevant information with NICS showing that a felon or domestic abuser is excluded from purchasing a firearm. The new language on CDC research helps put an end to the decades old suppression on gun violence research, known as the Dickey Amendment, making it possible for CDC to sponsor evidence-based research into ways to reduce gun violence. 

Sandy Hook Promise, Leading National Gun Violence Prevention Organization, Launches Say Something Anonymous Reporting System for Schools Nationwide

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Sandy Hook Promise, Leading National Gun Violence Prevention Organization,

Launches Say Something Anonymous Reporting System for Schools Nationwide

 

SHP worked with BBDO New York to create a companion TV and digital ad campaign

titled “ The Other Side” to raise awareness of this innovative program

 

Newtown, CT - In response to the senseless murders of 17 high school students in Parkland, Florida and the 19 other school shootings since the beginning of 2018, Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is launching the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System (SS-ARS) into schools across the country, including accelerated rollout in four of the most at-risk states for gun violence. The launch will be amplified by a national PSA titled “The Other Side,” produced by BBDO New York that will also air on all major broadcast and cable networks and digital platforms today.

 

SS-ARS allows students to submit secure and anonymous safety concerns to help identify and intervene upon at-risk individuals before they hurt themselves or others. Concerned students simply submit a tip using the SS-ARS app, website, and/or call the 24/7 crisis center.  Our crisis center then triages the tip and dispositions it back into participating school districts and, as needed, to law enforcement.

 

“The Say Something Anonymous Reporting System is the most comprehensive violence prevention program available to schools today,” said Nicole Hockley, managing director at Sandy Hook Promise and mother to Dylan, killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  “Now not only will schools be trained to Know the Signs of potential violence, they can also take action to submit a tip anonymously and be sure it is case managed by schools and local law enforcement. From bullying, to substance abuse, to suicide and school shooting threats, schools and communities can take tangible action to prevent violence before it occurs. And, it costs the school district nothing to bring in SS-ARS … it is truly absolutely free.”

 

Sadly, it has been reported that 80% of school shooters and 70% of individuals who completed suicides told someone of their violent plans prior to taking action - yet no interventions were made.  Sandy Hook Promise has been working to solve this problem for the past 3 years through their four “Known the Signs” evidenced-based programs, provided at no cost to schools nationwide. To date, SHP has trained more than 3 million students, teachers, and law enforcement officials across all 50 states. As a result, SHP has helped intervene on multiple threats - including school shooting plots, suicides, and other threats of violence, as well as helped reduce bullying and get hundreds of individual’s mental health assistance.

 

SS-ARS builds on the highly successful Say Something program by adding the anonymous reporting system platform.  This platform is now available to any public, charter, and independent school. That said, SHP will initially focus on the top 25 states that drive 80% of firearm deaths and violent crimes. To accelerate this launch, the PepsiCo Foundation is underwriting the rollout of SS-ARS in four of the country’s most at-risk states for gun violence – this support will help reach up to 200,000 youth and will lead to approximately 20,000 interventions annually.

 

The SS-ARS system is managed and maintained by a national digital leader in the school safety space and 24/7 Crisis Center national compliance leader, both have 20+ years of experience. Sandy Hook Promise provides overall management and training of SS-ARS to school districts and students. SHP pays for 100% of the costs to train and sustain the program in a school district. When schools opt to utilize the SS-ARS platform – we will provide:

  • Training for all students, staff, and parents in participating school districts on SS-ARS
  • 24/7 Crisis Center, app, telephone, and mobile/web-based setup and ongoing management
  • “Backroom” training and management of submissions
  • 24/7 crisis center with multi-lingual operators trained in suicide and crisis management
  • Triage for all calls, app, and mobile/web-based submissions
  • Routing of all tips to school officials and/or law enforcement, based on severity of threat
  • Set-up of Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) Promise clubs to embed SS-ARS into the fabric and culture of the school to continuously raise awareness and empower students to act.
  • All collateral and awareness materials (posters, floor stickers, etc.) to remind students of the program and contact information

 

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. SHP is focused on preventing gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults 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.

 

For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.

 

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Sandy Hook Promise and Students Against Violence Everywhere to Host National Youth Violence Prevention Week Nationwide

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Sandy Hook Promise and Students Against Violence Everywhere to Host

National Youth Violence Prevention Week Nationwide

 

National Youth Violence Week to be held on March 19th – 23rd

with daily activities to help students prevent violence.

 

Newtown, CT – Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) and Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) is hosting its 15th annual National Youth Violence Prevention Week the week of March 19th – 23rd. National Youth Violence Prevention Week is a campaign to help raise awareness and to educate students, teachers, education administrators, counselors, parents, and the general public on effective ways to prevent or reduce youth violence.

 

Throughout the week, students will learn important skills on how to make their schools and communities safer. Each day has a theme and SHP/SAVE have partnered with top national organizations, such as the National Association of School Psychologists, Teaching Tolerance, the Allstate Foundation, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and Discovery Education to offer activities and information to support each day’s focus. Also, a number of other organizations have joined as community partners to bring a variety of perspectives and resources to the campaign.

 

Here is a breakdown of the events per day:

  • Monday, March 19th: Know the Signs - Sponsored by the National Association of School Psychologists
    • Through SHP’s Say Something program, students will learn how to identify, assess, and intervene when they see a peer exhibiting at-risk behaviors in-person or via social media.
  • Tuesday, March 20th: Promote Respect and Tolerance - Sponsored by Teaching Tolerance
    • Students will learn ways to build capacity for youth empathy, social responsibility, and social activism by providing them with vital knowledge through SHP’s Signs of Suicide program.
  • Wednesday, March 22st: Be an Upstander - Sponsored by The Allstate Foundation
    • Students will learn how to create an inclusive and connected community through SHP’s Start With Hello program.
  • Thursday, March 22nd: Resolve Conflicts Peacefully - Sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics
    • Students will learn techniques that will help illustrate positive ways to deal with difficult situations such as bullying and peer pressure.
  • Friday, March 22rd: Unite in Action - Sponsored by Discovery Education
    • To end the week, students learn ways to sustain the programs and trainings that were taught throughout the week.

 

In addition, SHP/SAVE has joined Project and Prevention (POP) on Youth Violence to present its proven Say Something programs at POP’s Leadership Development Conference in Chicago, IL at the DuSable Museum on Thursday, March 22nd and its Anti-Violence Leadership Conference in Hammond, IN at the Hammond Civic Center on Friday, March 23rd. To learn more about these events, please visit www.chipop.org.

 

To access activities, information, and resources to help prepare for the week, visit www.nationalsave.org/NYVPW. You can also download an action kit here for a step-by-step guide for planning the events, as well as suggestions for how each sector of your community can  support the campaign.

 

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. SHP is focused on preventing gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults 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.

 

Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) Promise Clubs are an initiative of Sandy Hook Promise where young people across the country come together to show their leadership, creativity, and passion for protecting their peers, schools, and communities from violence before it happens.

 

For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.

 

For more information and to register a SAVE Promise Club, visit https://www.sandyhookpromise.org/savepromiseclub.

 

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Sandy Hook Promise Applauds House Passage of the Bipartisan STOP School Violence Act of 2018

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Sandy Hook Promise Applauds House Passage of the

Bipartisan STOP School Violence Act of 2018

 

Newtown, CT – March 14, 2018 – Sandy Hook Promise is proud to have worked with Republicans and Democrats to pass this important legislation that will train millions more students and adults to Know the Signs of gun violence and act to prevent it. We know that violence in our schools, including mass shootings and suicides, is preventable through proven early intervention programs and training. Following past tragedies like Columbine, Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook, the federal government has funded short-term school safety initiatives focused on crisis response, active shooters, and physical infrastructure. While these are important investments, we have not yet seen sustained strategies to stop violence in our schools before it happens. Our students, educators, and local law enforcement need the tools and support to take proactive and continuous steps towards improving school safety. 

 

Sandy Hook Promise praises U.S. Congressmen John Rutherford (R-FL), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Harold “Hal” Rogers (R-KY), and Derek Kilmer (D-WA) for introducing and advancing the Students, Teachers and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018.

 

“This bill will prevent all forms of violence and self-harm in our schools and teach multiple generations of students and adults to be upstanders in making their communities safe from gun violence.  We were proud to work with the champions of this legislation to pass this bill that will ensure millions more students will be trained to know the signs of violence and lives will be saved,” said Mark Barden, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, and the father of Daniel, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.

 

The legislation invests in early intervention and prevention programs to stop school violence before it happens by authorizing the Department of Justice to make grants to states for the purposes of training students, school personnel, and law enforcement to identify signs of violence and intervene to prevent people from hurting themselves or others.  The legislation also permits the development and operation of anonymous reporting systems, and formation of school threat assessment and intervention teams to help schools intake and triage threats before tragedy strikes, in addition to security equipment and technology.  

 

About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. SHP is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.  SHP’s mission is to prevent gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults to identify, intervene and get help for at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible program and policy solutions that address the “human-side” of gun violence by preventing individuals from ever getting to the point of picking up a firearm to hurt themselves or others. Our words, actions and impact nationwide are intended to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation.

 

For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.

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Sandy Hook Promise Statement on White House Gun Violence Proposals

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Sandy Hook Promise Statement on White House Gun Violence Proposals

 

March 12, 2018 – Today, Sandy Hook Promise released the following statement on President Trump’s proposals to address gun violence. These proposals come after the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and the other 17 school shootings that have happened in this country since January 1st. Sandy Hook Promise participated in the February 21st listening session with the President and Vice President and urged action on Extreme Risk Protection Orders, the STOP School Violence Act (H.R. 4909 and S. 2495), and stronger and universal background checks.  

“We welcome the President’s support for a multi-prong approach to gun violence prevention and urge his continued leadership to see his proposals on Extreme Risk Protection Orders, the STOP School Violence Act, and the Fix NICS Act signed into law.

As the President proposes in his plan, we believe we must ensure that all of our students and school systems are trained to know the signs of violence and report it through the STOP School Violence Act, and all families and law enforcement must have access to Extreme Risk Protection Orders to ensure they can intervene when they learn someone is a threat to self or others to prevent gun violence before it happens. We agree that SHP's Know the Signs training and ERPOs should be implemented across every state immediately.

We also stand ready to work with the President and Congress to pass the Fix NICS Act to improve our background checks system. But we strongly urge the President and Congress to take further action to pass universal background checks on all gun sales because it is the only way we can ensure that criminals and dangerous individuals cannot legally buy a firearm in this country, and our background checks system will not truly be strong until such a law is signed.

The President’s plan shows that there is room for common ground and we must work together to pass solutions – big and small. We do not agree on everything. We absolutely do not need more guns in schools or to fortress our schools like prisons. And we can and must take additional, robust action to ensure that individuals who are a danger to themselves or others do not have access to firearms.

We continue to stand with the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas in demanding change now, before any more communities are torn apart by preventable gun violence.  We call on our elected officials and the President to see change through to protect our children and communities.”

Below are things everyone can do today to help ensure that all students and communities are safe:

 

Support Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs):

· An ERPO is state-level legislation that temporarily removes guns from a person deemed to be an imminent risk to themselves or others.

· This legislation doesn't infringe on the Second Amendment, and gun rights can be reinstated once the person exhibiting at-risk behaviors is no longer a threat.  

· ERPOs are available in Connecticut, Indiana, Oregon, California, and Washington and over 19 other states have introduced similar legislation.

 

Call your Representatives to support H.R. 4909 and S. 2495, STOP School Violence Act of 2018:

· This legislation invests in early intervention and prevention programs to stop school violence.

· The STOP School Violence Act invests federal funding each year to:

· Train school personnel, local law enforcement, and students to identify warning signs and intervene to stop interpersonal violence and suicide.

· Develop and implement anonymous reporting systems for threats of school violence, bullying, suicide, and mental health and substance abuse issues in coordination with local law enforcement.

· Train and operate school threat assessment and intervention teams to preemptively triage threats before tragedy hits.

· Enable better coordination between schools and local law enforcement.

 

Talk to your legislators:

· Call for passage of the “FIX NICS Act” that aims to increase state compliance with and improve the accuracy of existing background check systems for firearm purchases.

· Demand a vote on universal background checks, requiring background checks on all firearm sales, including those at gun shows, over the internet, or in classified ads.  

 

Train youth to spot the signs and how to properly intervene through our Know the Signs programs:

· With these proven programs, students, educators, parents and community leaders can learn how to identity at-risk behaviors, assess threats and properly intervene before a tragedy occurs.

· 80 percent of school shooters told someone of their violent plans or exhibited warning signs.

· To date, these programs have helped avert several school shooting plots and threats, as well as teen suicides and other acts of violence.

 

About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. SHP is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.  SHP’s mission is to prevent gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults to identify, intervene and get help for at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible program and policy solutions that address the “human-side” of gun violence by preventing individuals from ever getting to the point of picking up a firearm to hurt themselves or others. Our words, actions and impact nationwide are intended to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation.

For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.

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Sandy Hook Promise Statement Supporting the Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act

Sandy Hook Promise Statement Supporting the Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act

 

Today, the families of Sandy Hook Promise released the following statement supporting the Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act.

“Sandy Hook Promise strongly supports this bipartisan legislation championed by Senators Blumenthal and Graham to expand access to Extreme Risk Protection Orders to families and law enforcement across the country.

As we have learned from far too many tragedies, the vast majority of mass shooters show signs of their intentions before becoming violent. Extreme Risk Protection Orders are a proven tool to help families and law enforcement intervene and prevent another tragedy by temporarily separating at-risk and dangerous individuals from accessing firearms while protecting Second Amendment rights.

Families are often in the best position to see the warning signs of violence and suicide first. But in most states, they are helpless to respond. We applaud this commonsense policy that would empower families, no matter where they live, to take action when they see the warning signs of violence and help save lives.”

 

About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. SHP is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.  SHP’s mission is to prevent gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults to identify, intervene and get help for at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible program and policy solutions that address the “human-side” of gun violence by preventing individuals from ever getting to the point of picking up a firearm to hurt themselves or others. Our words, actions and impact nationwide are intended to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation.

For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.

Sandy Hook Promise Speaks With President Trump About Commonsense Ways to Prevent Gun Violence

Sandy Hook Promise met with President Trump and his administration, along with other gun violence survivors, for a listening session to explore actions we can take to make schools safer at the federal level.

Sandy Hook Promise Statement on Listening Session at the White House

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Sandy Hook Promise Statement on Listening Session at the White House

 

February 21, 2018 – Today, Sandy Hook Promise will meet with President Trump and his administration, along with other gun violence survivors, for a private listening session to explore actions we can take to make schools safer at the federal level. This meeting comes after the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and the other 17 school shootings that have happened in this country since January 1st.

 

We view this as a step forward in formulating a comprehensive response to end the growing number of school shootings and overall epidemic of gun violence in our country. A great deal needs to be done. Just yesterday, Florida lawmakers voted against taking up a bill to ban assault weapons.

 

"We are inspired by the incredible students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who are advocating for safer schools everywhere," said Mark Barden, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise and father to Daniel, killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  "This is not a hopeless or helpless situation; solutions are available. We stand with the students in demanding change now, before any more communities are torn apart by preventable gun violence.  We call on our elected officials to take action, and not ignore this issue any longer."

 

Below are things everyone can do today to help ensure that all students are safe.

 

Train youth to spot the signs and how to properly intervene through our Know the Signs programs:

- With these proven programs, students, educators, parents and community leaders can learn how to identity at-risk behaviors, assess threats and properly intervene before a tragedy occurs.

- 80 percent of school shooters told someone of their violent plans or exhibited warning signs.

- To date, these programs have helped avert several school shooting plots and threats, as well as teen suicides and other acts of violence.

Support Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs):

- An ERPO is state-level legislation that temporarily removes guns from a person deemed to be an imminent risk to themselves or others.

- This legislation doesn't infringe on the Second Amendment, and gun rights can be reinstated once the person exhibiting at-risk behaviors is no longer a threat.  

- ERPOs are available in California, Connecticut, Oregon, and Washington and over 19 other states have introduced similar legislation.

Call your Representatives to support the STOP School Violence Act of 2018:

- This legislation invests in early intervention and prevention programs to stop school violence.

- The STOP School Violence Act invests federal funding each year to:

- Train school personnel, local law enforcement, and students to identify warning signs and intervene to stop interpersonal violence and suicide.

- Develop and implement anonymous reporting systems for threats of school violence, bullying, suicide, and mental health and substance abuse issues in coordination with local law enforcement.

- Train and operate school threat assessment and intervention teams to preemptively triage threats before tragedy hits.

- Enable better coordination between schools and local law enforcement.

Talk to your legislators:

- Demand sustainable gun violence prevention methods be implemented, such as the “FIX NICS Act” that aims to increase state compliance with and improve the accuracy of existing background check systems for firearm purchases.

- Make the Promise and/or get your community and schools involved with our other Know the Signs programs:

- Join us and Make the Promise to protect children from gun violence

- Bring our Know the Signs programs to your community or school to teach students and adults how to be "upstanders" by knowing the signs and how to intervene.  

 

About Sandy Hook Promise - Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. SHP is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.  SHP’s mission is to prevent gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults to identify, intervene and get help for at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible program and policy solutions that address the “human-side” of gun violence by preventing individuals from ever getting to the point of picking up a firearm to hurt themselves or others. Our words, actions and impact nationwide are intended to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation.

 

For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.

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