Newtown, CT – Tonight, almost two dozen Senate Democrats will be speaking on the Senate floor about the impact of the gun violence plaguing our nation and what legislative solutions can be taken now to stop this. It’s been 202 days since the House passed H.R. 8, the Bi-Partisan Background Checks Act of 2019, but there has been no action from the Senate take up this or any other bipartisan gun violence prevention bill.
“We echo this demand for a full-Senate vote on gun violence prevention policies including Universal Background Checks and Extreme Risk Protection Orders, which can help to save thousands of lives every year,” said Mark Barden, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise and father of Daniel, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. “It is the duty of this Congress to protect our kids and end this epidemic of gun violence before more precious lives are taken.”
To date, more than 7.5 million people nationwide have been trained in Sandy Hook Promise’s lifesaving Know the Signs programs that focus on gun violence prevention by training youth and adults how to identify at-risk behavior and intervene to get help before a tragedy can occur. Through these no-cost proven programs, Sandy Hook Promise has averted multiple school shooting plots, teen suicides, and countless other acts of violence.
About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. SHP is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. SHP’s mission is to prevent gun violence and other forms of violence and victimization BEFORE they can happen by creating a culture of engaged youth and adults committed to identifying, intervening, and getting help for individuals who might be at risk of hurting themselves or others. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible program and policy solutions that address the “human side” of gun violence by preventing individuals from ever getting to the point of picking up a firearm to hurt themselves or others. Our words, actions, and impact nationwide are intended to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation. Make the Promise at www.sandyhookpromise.org.