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Statement of Mark Barden in support of gun safety legislation introduced in Pennsylvania

‘We applaud the Pennsylvania legislators taking action by introducing legislation that will protect the safety and lives of children, as well as the second amendment.’

NEWTOWN, Conn. — Today, Pennsylvania State Senator Steven J. Santarsiero introduced legislation to ban assault weapons and high-capacity gun magazines. The bill (SB 1300) is similar to a Connecticut law that was implemented following the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. 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 applaud Sen. Santarsiero and the other Pennsylvania legislators who are taking action by introducing and supporting sensible legislation that will protect the safety and lives of children, as well as second amendment rights. We encourage their colleagues in the State Senate and House to follow their lead and pass the legislation immediately.

“For years, polls have found that the overwhelming majority of voters support sensible gun policy reforms. Voters are demanding these reforms and our elected representatives need to pass them now.

“The failure to enact bipartisan gun policies that are supported by a large majority of Americans is both nonsensical and immoral. Elected officials across the country – and in Congress – must listen to voters and take action before one more child is killed by 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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