Though Sandy Hook Promise did not take a position on Starbucks' open-carry policy, we applaud Starbucks' handling of the matter. The company clearly listened to all the parties in the debate before coming to their recently announced position. Sandy Hook Promise is a strong supporter of the second amendment, but we watched in dismay as this "conversation" devolved into partisan bickering and irresponsible symbolic gestures, such as the call to bear arms in a Newtown Starbucks, just down the road from where our loved ones were killed on December 14. Sandy Hook Promise believes that in order to improve gun safety we must have an honest, open conversation with responsible gun owners. We hope that this action by Starbucks will lead to that kind of dialogue.
As the nation learns details of the shooting rampage that took place this morning at the Washington Navy Yard, we feel in our hearts the deep pain and loss brought about by gun violence. Please pray for the families of those lost today. The victims were parents and children, brothers and sisters, and families around the country will mourn their loss.
As we send our condolences to the families of those killed at the Washington Navy Yard, our hearts are broken, our spirit is not. We will continue to honor our pledge to find common ground around sensible solutions that put an end to such tragedy. But today is a day to grieve for the lives needlessly lost.
The governor, the mayor of Boston, and representatives of the National Rifle Association and the Gun Owners' Action League testified on gun control legislation in a packed and often tense Beacon Hill hearing room Friday. But when the parents of two first-graders killed in the Newtown, Conn., school shootings stepped to the witness table, a heavy hush fell.
Sandy Hook Promise, the community organization that formed in the days following the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, has partnered with OPI Products Inc., to launch a new, limited edition nail color called Sandy Hook Green, available only through donation at www.sandyhookpromise.org/paintandpromise.
Sandy Hook Green features the bright, bold green that represents the Sandy Hook school colors and has become associated with holistic solutions to stem gun violence. Wearing the nail lacquer is an opportunity to help support the efforts of the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation, which provides immediate and long-term aid to family members and the community of Sandy Hook, and promotes an open dialogue around the areas of gun responsibility, mental health and school safety through education, outreach and grass-roots discussion.
In yesterday's special election, two Colorado state lawmakers were recalled from office after voting to require criminal background checks for all gun purchases and ban large-capacity ammunition magazines. We salute Senators Morse and Giron for their service and their willingness to fight to make Colorado’s communities and children safer.
At Sandy Hook Promise, we remain committed to advocating for change by bringing together the majority of Americans who agree that we must find common sense solutions to address the causes of gun violence.
Sandy Hook Elementary School sends its thanks to the world from the Newtown Labor Day parade.
Yesterday, Mark Barden, father of 7-year-old Daniel, and Nelba Marquez-Greene, mother of 7-year-old Ana, who were both lost in the Sandy Hook shooting on 12/14, spoke with Ann Curry about their determination to protect other parents from experiencing similar tragedy. In case you missed NBC's Nightly News, watch their interview to hear about the actions they've taken over the past eight months.
NEWTOWN, CT—Today, a gunman in Decatur, Georgia entered an elementary school, barricaded in the school’s main office, and opened fire while children were in the area. After several tense moments, the gunman eventually surrendered to police without further incident. No one was injured, and all students, faculty and staff were accounted for and safe.
Nicole Hockley, the mother of 6-year-old Dylan Hockley, who was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14, issued the following statement on behalf of Sandy Hook Promise in response to today’s incident:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and the children of Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy, who today came face to face with a threat that no child should experience. And while no one was killed or injured by the gunman’s shots, there are very real consequences stemming from today’s incident. No child should ever have reason to be afraid to go to school and no parent should be afraid that the child they send to school in the morning won't be coming home in the afternoon. If it can happen in Newtown, CT it can happen anywhere. That is why moments like this demand that we all work together to find common sense solutions we can support individually, and as a nation, to prevent tragedy and save lives.”