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Statement from Sandy Hook Promise on House vote on gun violence prevention legislation

NEWTOWN, Conn. — Yesterday, the U.S. House voted 217-213 to pass the Assault Weapons Ban of 2022 (H.R. 1808). Mark Barden, co-founder and CEO of Sandy Hook Promise Action Fund, and father of Daniel, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy on December 14, 2012, issued the following statement in response:

“We know, firsthand, the devastating consequences of weapons of war in mass shootings. Limiting civilian access to military weapons like these will save lives; that fact is indisputable. We applaud the effort by the House to restrict access to these deadly weapons, and we remain steadfast in our commitment to working together with U.S. representatives and senators to advance bipartisan legislation.

“Gun violence is preventable and Americans want our elected officials to take action to protect our children and communities. The overwhelming majority of voters support sensible gun policy reforms. We encourage members of Congress to find common ground so they can enact policies that will save more lives.”


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.