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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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Stephanie Morris

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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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SHP Statement on Student-Led March For Our Lives

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Dini von Mueffing Communications

Stephanie Morris

stephanie@dvmcpr.com

646-650-5005

 

Sandy Hook Promise Statement on Student-Led March For Our Lives

 

February 19th, 2018 – Sandy Hook Promise is proud to support the students and community from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in their efforts to prevent gun violence in America and demand change from Washington during the March For Our Lives on March 24th, 2018.

 

"In the wake of the deadliest school shooting since the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School that took the life of my sweet little Daniel, we are inspired by the strength of these students and their ability to clearly yet passionately articulate their experiences and call for action," said Mark Barden, co-founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise, and father of Daniel.  "Our children were too young to have voices in this national conversation when they were killed, and we have been their voice for the last five years. The students and survivors from Parkland, Florida know what they want and need from their leaders in Florida and in Washington D.C. It’s time for the adults to stand aside and listen to the next generation - they command and deserve our full attention."

 

"We've always said that gun violence prevention is a two-generation problem and that change will come from current students, which is why we focus our programs in middle and high schools," said Nicole Hockley, co-founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise and mother of Dylan, also killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. "We ask everyone to support these students, amplify their voices and let them lead the way as they fight for change this country so desperately needs. They have inspired hope after living through tremendous, heart shattering loss. The pain they face is insurmountable, yet they have chosen to honor their friends, teachers, and loved ones without an ounce of fear and with steadfast determination that is needed to fix broken laws, change cultures and attitudes around gun violence prevention, and create a safer country for everyone."

 

Please join us in supporting the Stoneman Douglas students leading the March for Our Lives and let us listen to, and act for, the chorus of new voices demanding the change they deserve.

 

Find our more at www.MarchForOurLives.com

 

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 Statement on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting

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Stephanie Morris

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646-650-5005

 

Sandy Hook Promise Statement on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

 

February 14, 2018 –  Today, not even two months into 2018, we saw the 18th school shooting in America this year. Parkland, Florida joined a rapidly growing number of American communities that have been affected by the deadly consequences of gun violence. A 19-year-old former student pulled the fire alarm and opened fire at terrified students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as they were dismissing for the day, killing at least 17 and injuring many others. Our hearts are with the Parkland, FL community as we understand all too well what the community is going through today, and in the days to come.

 

This is the fifth school shooting just this month and there were 13 recorded in January 2018. The frequency of school shootings are increasing at an alarming rate, and they happen at this rate nowhere else in the world. Students are only midway through the school year, continuously witnessing attack after attack, by many perpetrators who showed signs of a crisis before they turned violent.

 

All students across this country deserve to feel safe at school. We can no longer ignore this issue. It is not the time to feel helpless or hopeless, it is time to speak out, take action, and protect our kids from senseless, preventable gun violence.

Here’s what you can do today:

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 plan 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.

Talk to your legislators:

- Demand sustainable gun violence prevention methods be implemented

- Also, we urge you to call Representatives to support the STOP School Violence Act of 2018. This legislation invests in early intervention and prevention programs to stop school violence.

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.

 

As we know, no community, town, or city is exempt from the scourge of gun violence. There are steps we can all take and we can start TODAY. We are overdue for sustainable gun violence prevention measures and need to make a change before more innocent children lose their lives.

We hold Parkland close and grieve with them tonight, and we promise to wake up tomorrow determined to honor the lost and work until the violence ends. Our children deserve nothing less.

 

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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SHP Statement on Sal Castro Middle School Shooting

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Sandy Hook Promise Statement on Salvador Castro Middle School Shooting

 

February 1, 2018 – Another community is forever changed today as a 12-year-old student opened fire at Salvador Castro Middle School in Los Angeles, CA shooting two 15-year-old students, as well as injuring two children and an adult. This is the fourth school shooting to occur in a less than two-week span. Our hearts and thoughts are with those in the Sal Castro Middle School community, as we understand all too well what they are going through today and in the days to come.

 

Last week we witnessed three school shootings. In Benton, KY a student killed two 15-year-olds and injured 16 others. Another 15-year-old was shot and injured in Italy, TX, and a 14-year-old was wounded when someone opened fire from a pickup truck outside a New Orleans, LA charter school.

 

Students are only midway through the school year. Something must be done to address this epidemic.

 

Following last week’s incidents, many parents said that they didn’t think this could happen in their children’s school. We in Sandy Hook didn’t think so either. Unfortunately, no community, town, or city is immune to gun violence, it touches all corners of this country, all too often. We must remain united in the fight against gun violence and there are steps you can take today to protect our kids.

 

Make the Promise, call your legislators and urge them to cosponsor and support H.R. 4909, the STOP School Violence Act, keep guns securely locked up and away from children, and get your community and school involved in our no-cost Know The Signs violence prevention programs to help recognize at-risk behavior and take action to stop violence before it happens.

 

Our hearts are with the Los Angeles Unified School District and community as they navigate this horrifying tragedy.

 

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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Call Your Representative to Support the STOP School Violence Act

Sandy Hook Promise is supporting the STOP School Violence Act, HR 4909 and S 2495, to create new federal funding that will bring efforts like our Know the Signs programs to schools across the country, so students and adults know how to spot and report warning signs of gun violence before a tragedy occurs. Help us pass this important bill by taking action today!

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