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Parents Work to Prevent the Next Newtown

Jeremy Richman and Jennifer Hensel are the parents of 6-year-old Avielle who was lost in the shooting on 12/14. As scientists, they are using their skills to reduce violence by finding biological indicators that predispose people to it. Read more on how understanding brain health can help keep our families safe.

Gathering of the Vibes

In the spirit of peace, love and music, Gathering of the Vibes would like to extend an offer of free admittance on Sunday, July 28th for all Newtown Residents and anyone attending The Great Newtown Reunion. Just show up to the gate with a Newtown ID, Utility Bill, or Reunion ticket stub and you will be admitted free! 

Visit the Vibes website for more info on the festival and to see the Sunday schedule of artists. Parking fee is $20.

The Long Road to Gun Safety

For an in-depth look at Sandy Hook Promise and the history of gun safety in our country, check out this piece by The Brookings Institution.

The Promise: The Families of Sandy Hook and the Long Road to Gun Safety

7 Months

In faith, we quietly observe this day. It's been 7 months since our loved ones and friends were taken from us. Praying for all those who have lost loved ones to gun violence—we are all family in our common suffering.

Galatians 6:9
And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.

Shout-out

A shout-out to Alex and Sarah Sol of Los Angeles for throwing a benefit at Golden Road Brewing to raise $1,035 for the Sandy Hook Promise Action Fund and for signing Californians up to the Promise.

Leadership in the ATF

We believe it's crucial to have a strong voice leading the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to protect our communities from violent criminals and the illegal use and trafficking of firearms. Share if you believe the Senate should confirm Todd Jones to lead the agency.

Read more here: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jul/11/senate-panel-approves-atf-nominee-b-todd-jones-on-/

In Nevada

One Nevada mother shows immense courage by filing a complaint with the Reno Police Internal Affairs office after a gun was sold to her son, who suffers from mental illness. "The sale illustrates what can happen when background checks are not required for private sales," she said, adding that the sale put her family in danger and could have ended her son's life.

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/07/10/nev-mother-questions-gun-sale-to-mentally-ill-son/2504493/

Madeleine

Today, Madeleine F. Hsu would have turned just 7 years old. She was a very sweet little girl who loved her family's dog, a golden retriever, very much. Let's honor her birthday and her memory by holding those we love especially close today.