Newtown, CT — Today, the House of Representatives voted to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from the House Education and Labor Committee because of her words and actions that fueled dangerous conspiracy theories and lies around school shootings and other tragedies.
In response to this news, Sandy Hook Promise issued the following statements:
“Every Member of Congress should be actively committed to the wellbeing of our children and safety of our schools, especially those serving on the Education and Labor Committee,” said Nicole Hockley, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise and mother of Dylan, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. “Our work continues, and we will not stop holding Congress to action to protect our kids from gun violence. No other parent should know this loss and we have so much more to do.”
“Sadly, the vote that took place today indicates that the horrific lies and hateful conspiracy theories that undermine our democracy have, unfortunately, reached the highest levels of our government,” 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. “Precious time, emotional capital, and taxpayer dollars should not have to be spent debating whether school shootings are real. The focus should be on making sure those tragedies never happen to anyone else, and the debate should be about determining the best ways we can work together to protect and educate our children.”
About Sandy Hook Promise: 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.
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