Statement of Sandy Hook Promise Action Fund Co-Founder and CEO Mark Barden
NEWTOWN, Conn. — Today, President Biden signed an executive order to help stop gun violence, including implementation of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act through expanded background checks, implementation of extreme risk protection order laws and by encouraging the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to release a report on gun marketing practices, including those directed toward minors. Mark Barden, co-founder and CEO of the Sandy Hook Promise Action Fund and father of Daniel, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, made the following statement in response:
“We applaud President Biden’s executive order and the decisive actions he and his administration are taking to address the national epidemic of gun violence. President Biden’s efforts to implement the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act are sorely needed, as mass shootings and school shootings continue to threaten every corner of our country. The president’s important executive order will help keep communities safe while also protecting Second Amendment rights.
“Gun violence is not a partisan issue; it’s an U.S. tragedy that is destroying countless lives. That’s why the overwhelming majority of voters support sensible gun policy reforms and Congress should pass additional protections now. These are important steps toward much more bipartisan work to be done to keep young people safe from gun violence.”
The Sandy Hook Promise Action Fund (SHPAF) is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization committed to protecting all children from gun violence in schools, homes, and communities. The SHP Action Fund advances a holistic policy platform that promotes gun safety, youth mental health, and violence prevention education. The organization works at the state and federal level to pass nonpartisan legislation through inclusive partnerships, diverse grassroots education, and community mobilization. It is part of Sandy Hook Promise, founded and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.
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