As a decade passes since the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, 2022 threatens to be deadliest year of gun violence
NEWTOWN, Conn. — December 14, 2022 will be the 10th remembrance since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that took the lives of 20 first-graders and six educators. Sandy Hook Promise, co-founded by some of the family members whose loved ones were killed on that day, has seen tremendous gains in the organization’s gun violence prevention efforts, including averting at least 11 credible planned school shooting attacks through its Know the Signs prevention programs. Yet 2022 threatens to be the deadliest year of gun violence on record, with more than 600 mass shootings so far.
“We choose to remember and honor our loved ones by taking action to stop school shootings and gun violence,” said Nicole Hockley, co-founder and CEO of Sandy Hook Promise and mother of Dylan, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. “Our Know the Signs programs save lives every day, sparing other families from the unspeakable pain of having a loved one taken by gun violence.”
According to an analysis of every major school shooting by the U.S. Secret Service, in almost every case, students observed warning signs before an act of violence took place. The report concluded that recognizing such signs is essential to prevention. Sandy Hook Promise’s Know the Signs programs teach what these warning signs are and when and how to tell a trusted adult or use an anonymous reporting system. All the programs are available at no-cost to schools, align with SEL curriculum requirements and can be delivered in a single class period.
Sandy Hook Promise’s experience and data are further proof that prevention works. Students and educators have anonymously reported more than 150,000 tips, resulting in 2,900+ mental health interventions saving at least 378 students from suicide. More than 90 acts of violence with a weapon have been prevented.
“Our children were killed because nobody took action on the warning signs to stop the Sandy Hook massacre from happening,” said 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 School tragedy. “Gun violence is preventable when we take action to save lives, including legislative action to pass gun safety measures.”
Sandy Hook Promise has made significant legislative changes to strengthen gun safety, including passage of the “Bipartisan Safer Communities Act,” the first comprehensive gun safety package in nearly 30 years to address the rising rates of gun violence nationwide. The new law includes enhanced background checks for buyers under the age of 21, partially closing the dating loophole (aka the “boyfriend” loophole), funding to support states in implementing extreme risk protection orders, and additional funding for mental health services and school safety.
More than 8.5 million people have made The Sandy Hook Promise — a pledge to protect children from gun violence so that no other parent has to endure the pain of losing a child to a school shooting.
To assist journalists covering the 10th Remembrance, Sandy Hook Promise has compiled a multimedia package that includes video interviews, photographs, and background information. Email [email protected] for a password.
Note: No interviews or public appearance will be conducted on December 14, 2022, as Sandy Hook Promise devotes that somber day to remembering the precious lives taken by gun violence.
Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) envisions a future where all children are free from school shootings and other acts of violence. As a national nonprofit organization, SHP’s mission is to educate and empower youth and adults to prevent violence in schools, homes, and communities. Creators of the life-saving, evidence-informed “Know the Signs” prevention programs, SHP teaches the warning signs of someone who may be in crisis, socially isolated, or at-risk of hurting themselves or others and how to get help. SHP also advances school safety, youth mental health, and responsible gun ownership at the state and federal levels through nonpartisan policy and partnerships. 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.
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