Chairman, NBC News
June 13, 2017
Dear Mr. Lack,
As a co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, and as mother of six-year-old Dylan, who was killed in the Sandy Hook School shooting, I respectfully ask you not to broadcast Megyn Kelly’s interview with Alex Jones.
That Jones could posit that what happened in Newtown was a hoax is beyond reprehensible; it is indefensible. It dishonors the lives of the 20 children and 6 adults who died on Dec. 14, 2012. The exposure that Jones will receive as a result of the broadcast will enrich him further and invigorate him and his supporters.
There is undeniable evidence that whenever conspiracy theorists are given a platform or voice, it bolsters them.
Sadly, since shortly after the shooting, a growing group of hoaxers has made it their mission to harass families in Sandy Hook. They claim that the shooting never happened, that no one died, that some of us are just crisis actors, paid to play a role for political or policy reasons. It goes without saying that many of these hoaxers stay hidden behind their anonymous avatars, with cowardly attacks mainly on social media. But some, like Jones, come forward. Some of them do become dangerous, and it is not uncommon to receive ongoing acts of harassment, hate mail and death threats as they feed off one another. This is best seen in the DC pizza shooting threat which was driven by Jones. To have to deal with this, on top of having lost a child, is both disgusting and unbearable.
We respect the thought and approach, however, you missed the larger impact in that giving Jones a platform and national forum, the real impact will be on families.
Listening to Jones' comments in the last 24 hours, it is obvious he is basking in the platform he has already been given due to the outcry and is baiting you to air the show. Please - don't make this about him. Make this about the people he and his followers harm.
I urge you not to broadcast Alex Jones’ interview.
Nicole Hockley (Dylan’s Mom)
Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) will be providing Screening for Mental Health Inc.'s (SMH) SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention Program (SOS Program) to schools nationwide as part of its Know The Signs violence prevention programs. SHP presenters will train school staff, faculty, parents, and students about the risk factors and warning signs for youth suicide and how to stop violence and self-harm BEFORE it happens.
Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is pleased to announce it has joined forces with youth violence prevention group National Association of S.A.V.E. (Students Against Violence Everywhere), Inc. (SAVE) to collectively expand their reach and sustain their work on educating and empowering young people to help prevent violence BEFORE it happens.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Newtown, CT - Sandy Hook Promise, a leading gun violence prevention organization, and NBC host Megyn Kelly have agreed that Kelly will no longer host the organization’s annual Promise Champions Gala on Wednesday, June 14th, in Washington DC. This decision was spurred by NBC’s planned broadcast of Kelly’s interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who believes the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, was a hoax.
“Sandy Hook Promise cannot support the decision by Megyn or NBC to give any form of voice or platform to Alex Jones and have asked Megyn Kelly to step down as our Promise Champion Gala host,” said Nicole Hockley, co-Founder and Managing Director. “It is our hope that Megyn and NBC reconsider and not broadcast this interview.”
For us, there is no moving on from the horrific day when 20 children and six educators were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary, from the day we lost our loved ones forever – there is only moving forward.
On Sunday, 60 Minutes aired a segment that showed how some Newtown families have moved forward. We hope you'll take a moment to watch it now to learn more about the work Mark and Nicole have done to honor their sons and protect children from gun violence.
This is big! Legislation on background checks is moving in New Mexico. On February 4, HB 50 and SB 48 passed a first committee vote in both chambers of the New Mexico legislature, and they are gaining momentum. Now is the time to get organized and add your voice.
Sandy Hook Promise is proud to support HB 50 and SB 48 to require background checks on all gun sales. These bills would close the loopholes in New Mexico law that allow criminals to easily bypass the system by purchasing firearms without a background check from unlicensed sellers, at gun shows or online from strangers. We know that universal background checks work and that, if passed, this legislation will help save lives. There will be a lot of work to do over the coming months to get these bills across the finish line.
That’s why we are starting now by adding all of our voices in support of this critical legislation. Can you please make a quick call to your state representative and senator now and ask them to support HB 50 and SB 48? You can click here to find your local representatives.
Here are some talking points for your calls:
We know that policy and political progress can often feel slow and difficult. Remaining strong and active in our states and local communities is so important. We really believe that together we can pass this important legislation for New Mexico and help prevent gun violence before it happens.
For every 10.5 guns collected under Connecticut’s gun violence restraining orders, one person was stopped from taking his or her own life, researchers estimate. Eleven states are considering similar policies.