At this time of year, social media becomes a magical, mood-lifting loop of first-day-of-school pictures filled with painstakingly selected outfits and excited smiles that remind parents how quickly their children are growing before their eyes. We try to outsmart time, capturing the once-a-year moments that make them still feel like our “babies” — because, of course, that’s how they will always remain in our hearts.
In the wake of the devastating accidental death of a gun-range instructor at the hands of a 9-year-old girl who could not control the automatic weapon she was firing, we are left to consider whether children have the developmental or physical maturity to handle such weapons.
We commend the California State Senate for approving Gun Violence Restraining Order legislation, which allows law enforcement and family members to petition the court to temporarily limit someone's access to firearms when they are suspected to be a danger to themselves or others.
A kindergartener brought a loaded gun to school in his backpack Monday, the third day students were back at school in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.
“We are extremely honored and grateful to the Daniel Barden Highland Mudfest for this very generous donation. This funding will help us continue our mission of preventing gun violence and support the needs of our community,” said Executive Director Tim Makris.
"Mental illness is a disease that knows no race, gender, socio-economic background or political party. It impacts Americans from all walks of life."
In San Antonio, the police, the county jail, mental-health department, criminal courts, hospitals and homeless programs have worked together to develop the resources to take better care of people with serious mental illness.
Over the summer, legislatures take a vacation, but our advocacy work continues. In the past few months, Sandy Hook Promise Action Fund has been busy preparing for state governments to return to session to continue our advocacy efforts in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, Delaware and others.