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Sandy Hook Promise Responds to Congressional Introduction of Extreme Risk Protection Orders on the One-Year Anniversary of the Parkland School Shooting

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Sandy Hook Promise Responds to Congressional Introduction of Extreme Risk Protection Orders on the One-Year Anniversary of the Parkland School Shooting

 

February 14, 2019 -- Newtown, CT -- Today, on the first anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL,  the House and Senate introduced the Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) Act.

 

The bill was sponsored by Representatives Salud Carbajal (CA-24), Ted Deutch (FL-22), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) and Don Beyer (VA-08) and Senators Dianne Feinstein (CA), Richard Blumenthal (CT), Chris Murphy (CT), Ed Markey (MA), Jeanne Shaheen (NH), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), Bernie Sanders (VT), Kamala Harris (CA), Dick Durbin (IL), Tammy Baldwin (WI), Angus King (ME), Bob Casey (PA), Bob Menendez (NJ), Brian Schatz (HI), Elizabeth Warren (MA), Cory Booker (NJ), Chris Van Hollen (MD), Maggie Hassan (NH), Ben Cardin (MD) and Maria Cantwell (WA).

 

If passed, the ERPO Act would establish a grant program to expand laws across more states to allow family members or law enforcement officials to petition a judge to temporarily remove firearms from an individual in crisis. Additionally, the bill would ensure that law enforcement is trained on how to use these orders, including accessing all existing gun databases when assessing a tip, warning, or request.

 

Support for ERPOs has increased significantly since the Parkland shooting, but to date, Congress has yet to hold a formal vote on any bill. Meanwhile, nine states have passed ERPO laws since Parkland, bringing the total to 14 states that have enacted Extreme Risk Protection legislation.

 

In response to this introduction, Sandy Hook Promise, a leading gun violence prevention organization, issued the following statement:

 

“Sandy Hook Promise strongly supports this bipartisan legislation to expand Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO) to more states across our country and strengthen implementation of these critical laws in existing states," said Mark Barden, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise and father of Daniel who was killed in the Sandy Hook mass shooting. "Gun violence is preventable when we teach people to know the signs and get help for those at risk, but in most states, there is no legal mechanism to help separate an individual in crisis from the dangers of a firearm. We need to empower our families and law enforcement so that when they see a potential tragedy in the making, they can take action to 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 they can happen by creating a culture of engaged youth and adults committed to identifying, intervening, and getting help for individuals who might be at risk of hurting themselves or others. 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 Responds to State of the Union Address

Sandy Hook Promise Responds to State of the Union Address

Newtown, CT – February 6, 2019 – On the evening of February 5, President Trump held his second State of the Union address. The President called for unity and creating a safer America, however, he glaringly avoided the topic of gun violence prevention and ways to keep American students safe in their schools and communities.

In response, Sandy Hook Promise released the following statement:

“I am disappointed that President Trump did not discuss solutions for gun violence prevention, especially after he honored two brave survivors who were impacted by the shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue last year, Pittsburgh SWAT officer Timothy Matson and Judah Samet,” said Mark Barden, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, and father of Daniel who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting. “There are common sense, bipartisan measures including background checks and extreme risk laws that can be passed immediately to prevent further shootings and save lives.”

“President Trump highlighted the importance of expanding funding for researching childhood cancer, and while this cause is also extremely important, more children are dying from gun violence than cancer each year, according to the New England Journal of Medicine,” Barden continued. “Gun violence has become the second leading cause of death for youth and teens in America. This is intolerable, and our Congress must come together with the President to pass real solutions to ensure that these same children are safe from gun violence at school and in their communities.”

2018 was the worst on record for violence in schools, as there were 94 incidents of gun violence at schools across the country, including the tragedies at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and Santa Fe High School. The epidemic of gun violence is on the rise and we are seeing more than double the number of incidents in any given year.

These staggering statistics are appalling, and Sandy Hook Promise will continue to push for common-sense gun violence prevention legislation, and will continue its mission of training youth and adults to “Know the Signs” of gun violence and how to prevent it. More than 5.5 million people have been trained in Sandy Hook Promise’s proven Know the Signs programs that focus on prevention to help end the epidemic of gun violence by training youth and adults how to identify at-risk behavior and intervene to get help before a tragedy can occur. Through thee no-cost signature programs, Sandy Hook Promise has averted multiple school shooting plots, several teen suicides, and countless 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 they happen by creating a culture of engaged youth and adults committed to identifying, intervening, and getting help for individuals who

might be at risk of hurting themselves or others. 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.

National Youth Violence Prevention Week 2019

National Youth Violence Prevention Week

April 8th-12th, 2019


Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE), an initiative of Sandy Hook Promise, is proud to be a founding partner of the National Youth Violence Prevention Week (NYVPW) Campaign. Founded in 2001, NYVPW hopes to raise awareness and educate youth and communities on effective strategies to prevent youth violence before it happens. This week long national education initiative will involve activities that demonstrate the positive role young people can have in making their school and community safer, and the role that everyone can play in preventing youth violence. SAVE serves as the crossroads to the campaign and provides countless resources to prepare for the event, including the official campaign Action Kit that serves as a step-by-step planning guide, suggestions for how each sector of the community can support the campaign, activity ideas, links to national organizations sponsoring the event, articles and interviews on violence prevention, and much, much more!

 

NYVPW Resources:

NYVPW Action Kit

Sample Social Media Posts

Spread the Word

NYVPW Activities & Challenges

How You Can Help

Image and Graphics Downloads

Tell Us Your Plans!

NYVPW Sponsors and Partners

Future Planning

More Resources!

 

 

 

Sandy Hook Promise Releases Statement on Latest CDC Report About Increased Number and Severity of School Homicides

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Sandy Hook Promise Releases Statement on Latest CDC Report

About Increased Number and Severity of School Homicides

 

February 1, 2019 -- Newtown, CT – Last week, the Centers for Disease Control released its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report confirming that school homicides across the country have become more common and deadlier. It is reported that guns were used in 95 percent of school-linked homicides with multiple victims.

 

In response to this report, Sandy Hook Promise, a leading national gun violence prevention organization, issued the following statement:

 

“According to this study, an American student’s likelihood of dying in a school shooting is the highest rate it has ever been. This is wholly unacceptable, especially when we all have the means to stop violence before it occurs,” Mark Barden, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, and father of Daniel who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. “We have started 2019 with good momentum to help curb this uptick in violence in our schools with the introduction of the background checks bill in Congress, the passage of Extreme Risk Protection Orders in NY, the introduction of the Safety and Violence Education for Students Act in MA, and the introduction of Ethan’s Law in CT, but there is still much work to be done within every community and school. While reactive measures are good to have in place for imminent danger, we also need to ensure that students, educators, and parents ‘Know the Signs’ of at-risk behaviors and how to properly intervene before violence occurs.”

 

According to the study, in 1994 to 2018 there were 38 school rampages that resulted in multiple fatalities, however, five of those occurred during the 2017-2018 academic year -- including the shootings at Parkland, FL and Santa Fe, TX.

 

The CDC report also states that the motives for most violence in schools point to typical teenage stressors, such as reacting to a bully, rivalry between peer groups, interpersonal disputes, a bad grade, or romantic break-ups. All of these incidents can be diffused without violence if youth and adults know the signs to look out for and how to properly intervene. It is known that when firearms are more readily available, these incidents can escalate to become more lethal, and according to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine, one in three U.S. home with children under 18 has a firearm and 43 percent of those homes, it is kept unlocked and loaded.

More than 5.5 million people have been trained in Sandy Hook Promise’s proven Know the Signs programs that focus on prevention to help end the epidemic of gun violence by training youth and adults how to identify at-risk behavior and intervene to get help before a tragedy can occur. Through these no-cost signature programs, Sandy Hook Promise has averted multiple school shooting plots, several teen suicides, and countless 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 they happen by creating a culture of engaged youth and adults committed to identifying, intervening, and getting help for individuals who might be at risk of hurting themselves or others. 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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Dini von Mueffling Communications Stephanie Morris: stephanie@dvmcpr.com | 646-650-5005

Sandy Hook Promise Applauds Passage of Extreme Risk Protection Order Legislation in New York

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Sandy Hook Promise Applauds Passage of Extreme Risk Protection Order Legislation in

New York

 

January 30, 2019 -- Newtown, CT -- Yesterday, the New York state legislature passed, S. 2451 and A. 2689, part of a package of gun violence prevention measures to further strengthen the state’s gun laws, including a bill to establish Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs).

 

In response to this passage, Sandy Hook Promise, a leading national gun violence prevention organization, issued the following statement:

 

“Extreme Risk Protection Orders are a critical tool for law enforcement and families who are often the first to see the signs and signals of someone who may be violent and need a way to take action quickly to stop a tragedy before it happens. We applaud the New York state legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo for making this a priority and passing this life-saving legislation,” says Mark Barden, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, and father of Daniel who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.

 

ERPOs allow law enforcement and family members to petition a judge to temporarily separate an individual from a firearm when they are at risk of harming themselves or someone else. ERPOs have been proven to help avert suicides and other acts of gun violence and have been passed in 13 other states. Sandy Hook Promise views ERPOs as a key part of ending the growing number of school shootings and overall epidemic of gun violence in our country.

 

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 they can happen by creating a culture of engaged youth and adults committed to identifying, intervening, and getting help for individuals who might be at risk of hurting themselves or others. 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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Dini von Mueffling Communications Stephanie Morris: stephanie@dvmcpr.com | 646-650-5005

SHP Endorses Ethan's Law in Connecticut

Sandy Hook Promise Endorses the Introduction of Ethan’s Law in Connecticut

 

Following the tragic death of Ethan Song in 2018, new legislation was introduced in the Connecticut State House by Representative Sean Scanlon last week. Ethan’s Law (H.B. 5345) would strengthen safe firearm storage requirements in Connecticut by closing state loopholes on criminal liability for unsafe storage of a firearm that results in the death of a minor under age 18.

In response to this legislation, Sandy Hook Promise released the following statement:

“The loss of Ethan Song is a reminder of the risks unsecured guns pose to young people of all ages,” said Mark Barden, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise and father of Daniel, who died in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. “While there is no single law that can put an end to gun violence, safe storage is one critical and commonsense approach to ensuring the safety of our children and communities. We applaud the leadership of Rep. Sean Scanlon and the Song family to help pass this critical bill that will undoubtedly save lives.”

This bill would fix a loophole in current law, which states that criminal liability can only be imposed if a gun is stored loaded. Ethan’s Law would close this loophole by clarifying that the law also applies to unloaded guns. Ethan’s Law further extends these protections to all children by changing the definition of minor from children ages 16 and under, to children ages 18 and under.

According to a 2018 study by scholars at the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, 4.6 million minors in the U.S. live in homes with at least one loaded, unlocked firearm. Further, surveys by the Department of Family and Community Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital have shown that three out of four children know the location of their parent’s gun in the home, and one out of every three children admitted to handling the gun unsupervised. Without strong policy action, these statistics represent countless tragedies waiting to happen.

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 they happen by creating a culture of engaged youth and adults committed to identifying, intervening, and getting help for individuals who might be at risk of hurting themselves or others. 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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Dini von Mueffling Communications Stephanie Morris: stephanie@dvmcpr.com | 646-650-5005

Sandy Hook Promise Applauds Introduction of SAVE Students Act in Massachusetts

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Sandy Hook Promise Applauds Introduction of

SAVE Students Act in Massachusetts

 

Newtown, CT - January 22, 2019 - Today, Sandy Hook Promise applauded the introduction of the Safety and Violence Education for Students (SAVE Students) Act in the Massachusetts State House and Senate. This new legislation in Massachusetts is aimed at combating the crisis of violence, bullying, and suicide that is devastating our nation’s schools. If passed, this bill would set a new national standard for statewide school safety programming.

 

In response to the introduction of this legislation, Sandy Hook Promise released the following statement: “We know school violence is preventable when we teach youth and adults to ‘know the signs’ of violence and suicide and get help to stop a tragedy before it happens,” said Mark Barden, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, and father of Daniel who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. “This legislation would protect Massachusetts’ students across the state and create a national model for prevention that empowers our youth to help save lives.”

 

The SAVE Students Act was introduced by State Senator Barry Finegold of Andover and State Representative Natalie Higgins of Leominster last week in the Massachusetts Senate and House. The legislation would require that all middle and high school students in the state have access to evidence-based programming that teaches how to combat social isolation and build inclusive community, identify the signs and signals of interpersonal violence and suicide, and how to reach out for help. It would also establish a statewide anonymous reporting system to collect tips and information about potential threats to the safety of Massachusetts students.

 

Additionally, the SAVE Students Act would ensure that all Massachusetts schools have a designated school threat assessment team that is trained on how to identify and intervene when threats of violence are made and how to get students help before a crisis.  The establishment of school threat assessment teams was a leading recommendation from mental health and safety experts following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012.

 

“All students should be able to learn and grow in environments that are inclusive, supportive, and free of violence,” said Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. “My office is honored to be partnering with Sandy Hook Promise to implement a $1 million grant to expand school-based violence prevention programs, mental health training, and suicide prevention to nearly 140,000 students across Massachusetts. There is nothing more important than protecting the safety and wellness of our young people, and this bill is an important step forward.”

 

“What happened in Sandy Hook and far too many times since can never happen again. This legislation is a pro-active approach to help kids before they do harm to themselves or to others,” said Massachusetts Senator Barry R. Finegold.

 

"Students play an integral role in ending stigma around mental health and can have the most impact in changing school culture. I am excited to work with Sandy Hook Promise on the SAVE Students Act to help Massachusetts students build stronger community, identify the signs and signals of violence and suicide, and support each other in creating safer schools," said State Rep. Natalie Higgins of Leominster, who is sponsoring the bill in the House.

 

To date, more than 5.5 million people nationwide have been trained in Sandy Hook Promise’s proven Know the Signs programs that focus on prevention to help end the epidemic of gun violence by training youth and adults how to identify at-risk behavior and intervene to get help before a tragedy can occur. Through these no-cost programs, Sandy Hook Promise has averted countless school shooting plots, teen suicides, and other acts of violence.

 

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 can happen 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.

 

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Stephanie Morris

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Sandy Hook Promise Commends Bipartisan Introduction of Background Checks Legislation in Congress, Urges Swift Passage

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Sandy Hook Promise Commends Bipartisan Introduction of Background Checks Legislation in Congress, Urges Swift Passage 

Newtown, CT – January 8, 2019 – Today, bipartisan legislation was introduced that would expand the background check requirement for gun sales to nearly all sales occurring in the U.S., including so-called “private sales” that occur at gun shows and over the internet. Current loopholes in our nation’s laws allow 25% of all guns to be bought without a background check. Background checks have been proven to save lives and have been shown to reduce levels of gun violence in states that have expanded background checks to all sales. 

Sandy Hook Promise praises U.S. Congressmen Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Peter King (R-NY), along with 8 other Republican and Democratic Representatives, for introducing H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), along with 39 other Senators, for introducing the Background Check Expansion Act.  

In response, Sandy Hook Promise released the following statement: 

“Since the shooting that killed my sweet little Daniel and took 25 more precious lives, Sandy Hook Promise has been working with Republicans and Democrats to pass meaningful laws to prevent gun violence and has made the strengthening of our background checks system a top priority,” said Mark Barden, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, and father of Daniel who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.  “While our country may be divided on many issues, we all want to feel safe. The vast majority of us agree that, if you are flagged in a background check, you shouldn’t be able to buy a gun. Today, we call on Congress to come together and honor their promise to protect our children by passing this lifesaving legislation once and for all.” 

Sandy Hook Promise has been a leader in the call for Congressional action on background checks and bipartisan gun violence prevention legislation since its founding in the days after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14, 2012 and has helped pass over a dozen bipartisan laws at the state level to strengthen background checks and create Extreme Risk Protection Orders. Sandy Hook Promise also proudly led the work to pass the bipartisan STOP School Violence Act of 2018 (H.R. 4909/S. 2495) that will train millions of students and adults to Know the Signs of gun violence and how to act to prevent it.  

More than 5.5 million people have been trained in Sandy Hook Promise’s proven Know the Signs programs that focus on prevention to help end the epidemic of gun violence by training youth and adults how to identify at-risk behavior and intervene to get help before a tragedy can occur. Through these no-cost signature programs, Sandy Hook Promise has averted multiple school shooting plots, several teen suicides, and countless 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 they happen by creating a culture of engaged youth and adults committed to identifying, intervening, and getting help for individuals who might be at risk of hurting themselves or others.  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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Media Contact:  

Dini von Mueffling Communications  

Stephanie Morris: stephanie@dvmcpr.com  | 646-650-5005