When each of my three children were born, I held them in my arms and imagined who they would one day become. Even at birth, James, Natalie and Daniel each had very distinct and unique personalities, and I thought their futures would be limitless. It was unimaginable that sweet little Daniel’s future would be violently cut short by a rampaging young man whose brain was clearly broken. But it happened. I can still feel the softness of his 7-year-old cheek when I kissed him and put him on the school bus to go to Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, never to see him alive again.
After this weekend’s shooting in Santa Barbara, we’ve seen the desperate need to improve and update the National Instant Criminal Background Checks System (NICS) to ensure that those who are prohibited from buying firearms – such as felons, domestic abusers, and the seriously mentally ill – are registered in NICS and are denied from purchasing firearms.
Dear Richard Martinez:
We have not met, but you are now part of our extended family. It is not a family we chose, but a family born from the horrible circumstance of losing a child to gun violence—one that’s only growing each day. My heartbreaks for you because I know just a little about the long road ahead of you. We have reached out to you privately but publicly we wanted to say to you and those feeling the sorrow, anger and frustration of this weeks' shooting, you are not alone.
Yesterday, a shooter opened fire in the college community of Isla Vista near UC Santa Barbara. In response to this tragic shooting, Sandy Hook Promise—the community organization founded in the days following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary which claimed the lives of 20 first-grade children and six educators—issued the following statement.
Sandy Hook Promise released the following statement in response the New Jersey Assembly's vote to pass a bill that limits ammunition magazines to 10 rounds.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy, together with legislative leaders and a wide array of gun violence prevention organizations, today commemorated the passage of SB1160, the historic legislation passed last year to curb the risk of gun violence.
Francine Lobis Wheeler, who lost her six-year-old son Benjamin in the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, voiced support for legislation that would prevent criminals and the severely mentally ill from purchasing firearms.
Today, Facebook announced an initiative that will block children from viewing firearms sales ads, inform users of legal and responsible approaches to gun transactions, and help enforce the law by deleting posts that encourage no-background check or illegal sales.
We were pleased to work with Facebook to develop a new set of policies that protects the safety of its users, educates its users about lawful and responsible firearms transactions, and helps prevent illegal activity from occurring.