Our hearts break for the devastated families and friends of those killed or wounded at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. We, and too many other families across the country, understand their pain and sorrow now and in the days and years to come. Our thoughts remain with them, the loved ones killed, those injured, and the countless traumatized.
As we all woke up on what would otherwise be a beautiful day in Connecticut, we were horrified to learn that we were all now witness to the worst mass shooting in United States history. A gunman from Florida opened fire at Pulse Nightclub overnight, killing at least 50 and wounding at least 53 others.
There are reports that this is related to domestic terrorism, and could also be a hate crime, as it took place at a popular gay club during Pride Month. But, what we do know, unequivocally, is that every American should be able to feel safe to enjoy a night out in any place, during any month, and at any time. Just like we should all expect to be safe at the movies, at church, and at school.
Through the horror, we continue to pray for the victims and their families, as well as the many still wounded and recovering. We know that these atrocities can often make a person feel helpless or like hope is lost. It is not. We must stand together and work for an end to gun violence in America. We must work tirelessly until we are able to live in a world that is safer for all.
Join us to honor the lives lost by vowing to do all you can to help prevent gun violence. Make the Promise, talk to your legislators, get your community involved, and encourage kindness and inclusion.
Our hearts are in Orlando right now, but our collective actions are needed from every community across America.
Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to end school shootings and create a culture change that prevents violence and other harmful acts that hurt children. Through its life-saving, evidence-informed “Know the Signs” prevention programs, SHP educates and empowers youth and adults to recognize, intervene, and get help for individuals who may be socially isolated and/or at risk of hurting themselves or others. Through nonpartisan policy and partnerships, SHP advances gun safety, youth mental health, and violence prevention education at the state and federal levels that protect all children from gun violence in their schools, homes, and communities. 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. Learn more at www.sandyhookpromise.org
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