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U.S. House takes action in support of community violence intervention

Sandy Hook Promise applauds effort to protect children from gun violence

NEWTOWN, Conn.  — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Break the Cycle of Violence Act,” which supports community violence intervention. 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, issued the following statement in response:

“Gun violence is not inevitable; it’s preventable when communities have the resources and tools to intervene. We commend the House for passing the ‘Break the Cycle of Violence Act,’ which will give communities – especially Black and Brown communities and kids – the support they need to take action to stop gun violence. Research shows that gun violence is the leading cause of death among children, this legislation is desperately needed to help protect them.

“We encourage the Senate to act now to protect communities from gun violence — especially our children — by passing the ‘Break the Cycle of Violence Act.’ Every day we delay in passing this legislation means more gun violence and more deaths. Our children deserve swift action.”


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. 

Media Contact: 

Aimee Thunberg | Associate Vice President, Communications | Sandy Hook Promise | [email protected] | 646-761-5579