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Statement from Sandy Hook Promise on the Tragic Mass Shooting in Odessa, Texas

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Statement from Sandy Hook Promise on the Tragic Mass Shooting in Odessa, Texas

 

September 3, 2019 -- Newtown, CT -- On Saturday, August 31, seven people died and 22 were injured when a 36-year-old man opened fire with an assault rifle in Odessa, Texas. The victims range in age from 15-57. 

 

In response to this tragedy, Sandy Hook Promise issue the following statement:

 

“My heart aches as we continue to see communities torn apart by mass shootings. I implore our elected officials from both sides of the aisle to collaborate and create the real change our country needs so that we can prevent these senseless deaths from happening,” 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. “We know that educating youth and adults to ‘know the signs’ of potential gun violence can prevent tragedies like these from happening, but our vigilance must be supported by effective and comprehensive legislative action that prevents individuals who may harm themselves or others from having access to firearms, including Extreme Risk Protection Orders and Universal Background Checks. If Universal Background Checks were federally required for all gun purchases, this tragedy and others like it may have been averted. ”

 

To date, more than 7.5 million people nationwide have been trained in Sandy Hook Promise’s proven Know the Signs programs that focus on gun violence prevention by training youth and adults how to identify at-risk behavior and intervene to get help before a tragedy can occur. Through these no-cost programs, Sandy Hook Promise has averted multiple school shooting plots, teen suicides, and countless other acts of violence.

 

About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. 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.  SHP’s mission is to prevent gun violence and other forms of violence and victimization BEFORE they can happen by creating a culture of engaged youth and adults committed to identifying, intervening, and getting help for individuals who might be at risk of hurting themselves or others.  SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible program and policy solutions that address the “human side” of gun violence by preventing individuals from ever getting to the point of picking up a firearm to hurt themselves or others. Our words, actions, and impact nationwide are intended to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation. Make the Promise at www.sandyhookpromise.org.

 

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Media Contact: Dini von Mueffling Communications

Stephanie Morris | stephanie@dvmcpr.com | 646-650-5005

DICK’S Sporting Goods Donates $100,000 to Sandy Hook Promise

Funding Expands SHP’s “Know the Signs” Gun Violence Prevention Programs in Schools Nationwide

August 28 2019 – Newtown, CT – Through a $100,000 charitable donation to Sandy Hook Promise (SHP), a leading school safety organization, DICK’S Sporting Goods will support the training of youth and adults in evidence-based Know the Signs violence prevention programs. This philanthropic partnership will bring SHP’s Know the Signs programs — Start With Hello, Say Something, and the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System — to hundreds more schools in 2019 and 2020, at no cost.

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STOP School Violence Act creates opportunity for schools to get grants and prevent gun violence

The "Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing School Violence Act," or "STOP School Violence Act" provides a real, actionable opportunity for more schools and districts to prevent tragedy before lives are lost.

The STOP School Violence Act was introduced in the House of Representatives before the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to build on the research and lessons learned from Sandy Hook and other tragic shootings and scale proven early intervention programming to schools across the country to prevent future school shootings, suicides, and other forms of school violence and victimization. It was passed and signed into law on March 28, 2018, as part of the Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus funding bill. Sandy Hook Promise proudly worked with Republicans and Democrats to write and pass this legislation.

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Sandy Hook Promise Statement on Gov. DeWine’s Response to the Tragic Shooting in Dayton, OH

On Tuesday, August 6, Governor Mike DeWine held a press conference to announce a platform of violence prevention policies in response to the tragic shootings Dayton, OH and El Paso, TXThe Governor highlighted Sandy Hook Promise’s ongoing work with the Ohio Department of Education to bring Safety Assessment and Intervention training to schools across the state with the help of a federal STOP School Violence Act award. The Governor also called for expanding background checks and implementing extreme risk protection orders. 

 

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Sandy Hook Promise Responds to Presidential Remarks on Mass Shootings

Sandy Hook Promise Responds to Presidential Remarks on Mass Shootings

 

Newtown, CT – August 5, 2019 – Today, President Trump held a press conference to address the wave of mass shootings across the country in the past week. The President called for condemning hate with “unity, devotion, and love” and creating a safer America through “Red Flag Laws” (aka Extreme Risk Protection Orders) that temporarily separate at risk individuals from firearms , and continued funding of the STOP School Violence Act. There was no televised mention of universal background checks that he tweeted support for hours earlier.

 

In response to these remarks, Sandy Hook Promise released the following statement:

 

“Preventing gun violence takes more than just limiting who has access to guns. We need to pair real policy change with community education around what the warning signs are for potential violence, a willingness to speak up when seeing these signals from others, and safe ways to report threats.” 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.

 

“We must all come together in action. We must speak with one voice against acts of hate targeted at persons of color. And we must also put an end to rhetoric that stigmatizes mental illness because we know that people living with mental illness are more likely to be victims than perpetrators of gun violence. The President has called for passing Extreme Risk Protection Orders and promised change. Yet, bipartisan proposals for ERPOs and universal background checks sit stalled in Congress. We urge the President to stand by his word and prevent future tragedies before they can happen.”

 

To date, more than 7.5 million people nationwide have been trained in Sandy Hook Promise’s proven Know the Signs programs that focus on prevention to help end the epidemic of gun violence by training youth and adults how to identify at-risk behavior and intervene to get help before a tragedy can occur. Through these no-cost programs, Sandy Hook Promise has averted multiple school shooting plots, teen suicides, and countless other acts of violence.

 

 

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Statement from Sandy Hook Promise on Recent Mass Shootings in Gilroy, El Paso, Dayton, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Brooklyn

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Statement from Sandy Hook Promise on Recent Mass Shootings 
 

August 4, 2019 -- Newtown, CT -- The last seven days of 2019 have been the deadliest for mass shooting deaths in our country recently, claiming the lives of 33 people and leaving more than 80 people injured, some of whom are fighting for their lives. The victims were going about their daily lives, celebrating at outdoor festivals, shopping, out on a Saturday evening. They range in age from 2 to 82 years old. Sandy Hook Promise grieves with the families, communities, and our country, as this week has become another in the “new normal” of gun violence in the United States.  

 

As communities everywhere report feeling helpless, Sandy Hook Promise urges people to recognize that knowing the signs and saying something if one suspects someone is planning an act of violence are proven ways we can prevent further heartbreak. According to the Department of Homeland Security report on Mass Attacks in Public Spacesmore than 75% of mass shooters have let people know of their plans, including posting about them on social media. 

 

In response to this tragedy, Sandy Hook Promise issue the following statement: 

 

“My heart aches as we continue to see communities torn apart by mass shootings. It is critical to know that there are signs -- like a hate manifesto, social media posts, and notable fascination with guns -- that point to increased potential for violence. We must stay vigilant and say something when we see these warning signals. Our safety lies in our commitment to protecting one another,” 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.  

 

The more we know the signs and who to tell when we see or hear themthe more successful we can be in stopping violence before it can begin,” Hockley continued. “Sandy Hook Promise’s programs have helped stop school shootings, suicides, and other planned acts of violence because people knew what to look for. We urge communities to come together to have these life-saving discussions.” 

 

To date, more than 7.5 million people nationwide have been trained in Sandy Hook Promise’s proven Know the Signs programs that focus on gun violence prevention by training youth and adults how to identify at-risk behavior and intervene to get help before a tragedy can occur. Through these no-cost programs, Sandy Hook Promise has averted multiple school shooting plots, teen suicides, and countless other acts of violence. 

 

About Sandy Hook PromiseSandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. 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.  SHP’s mission is to prevent gun violence and other forms of violence and victimization BEFORE they can happen by creating a culture of engaged youth and adults committed to identifying, intervening, and getting help for individuals who might be at risk of hurting themselves or others.  SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible program and policy solutions that address the “human side” of gun violence by preventing individuals from ever getting to the point of picking up a firearm to hurt themselves or others. Our words, actions, and impact nationwide are intended to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation. Make the Promise at www.sandyhookpromise.org. 

 

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Media Contact: Dini von Mueffling Communications 

Stephanie Morris | stephanie@dvmcpr.com | 646-650-5005 

 

 

Statement from Sandy Hook Promise on the Garlic Festival Shooting

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Statement from Sandy Hook Promise on the Garlic Festival Shooting

July 29, 2019 – Newtown, CT -- On the evening of Sunday, July 28th, at least one gunman opened fire at the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, CA killing three people, including 6-year-old Stephen Romero, and injuring at least 12 others.

In response, Sandy Hook Promise issued the following statement:

“My heart is with the city of Gilroy and all who are affected. We cannot accept mass shootings to be the “new normal” in our country. Mass shootings are not normal, and everyone, especially children, have a right to feel safe when visiting any public space. In July alone, at least 11 children under the age of 12 have been shot and killed in this country. We deserve better. Our children deserve better. Sadly, no community is immune to gun violence, but we do have the tools to train people how to ‘Know The Signs’ of someone in crisis to help curb this epidemic of gun violence that is plaguing our country. We all must speak up if we see someone exhibiting at-risk behaviors to better protect our children and communities,” said Mark Barden, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, and father of Daniel who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting.

To date, more than 7.5 million people nationwide have been trained in Sandy Hook Promise’s proven Know the Signs programs that focus on prevention to help end the epidemic of gun violence by training youth and adults how to identify at-risk behavior and intervene to get help before a tragedy can occur. Through these no-cost programs, Sandy Hook Promise has averted multiple school shooting plots, teen suicides, and countless other acts of violence.

About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. 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.  SHP’s mission is to prevent gun violence and other forms of violence and victimization BEFORE they can happen by creating a culture of engaged youth and adults committed to identifying, intervening, and getting help for individuals who might be at risk of hurting themselves or others.  SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible program and policy solutions that address the “human side” of gun violence by preventing individuals from ever getting to the point of picking up a firearm to hurt themselves or others. Our words, actions, and impact nationwide are intended to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation. Make the Promise at www.sandyhookpromise.org.

 

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Media Contact: Dini von Mueffling Communications
Stephanie Morris | stephanie@dvmcpr.com | 646-650-5005

Statement from Sandy Hook Promise on CNN’s Report on School Shootings Over the Last 10 Years

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Statement from Sandy Hook Promise on CNN’s Report on School Shootings Over the Last 10 Years 

 

July 26, 2019 -- Newtown, CT -- A recent study conducted and released by CNN, provides a detailed view of school shootings that have happened across America over the last 10 years.  

 
In response, Sandy Hook Promise issued the following statement: 

 
“CNN’s latest report highlights a rise in the number of school shootings that have happened over the past 10 years, and projects that this rise will continue. We cannot accept this “new normal” of school violence, as there is nothing normal about this. We have the tools to train our children how to ‘Know The Signs’ of someone in crisis before violence occurs, as well as how to create an inclusive and connected community where everyone looks out for one another. As we have seen over the years, no city or town is immune to a school shooting, but we know that preventative measures are proven to work and can help curb this epidemic,” 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. 

 

To date, more than 7.5 million people nationwide have been trained in Sandy Hook Promise’s proven Know the Signs programs that focus on prevention to help end the epidemic of gun violence by training youth and adults how to identify at-risk behavior and intervene to get help before a tragedy can occur. Through these no-cost programs, Sandy Hook Promise has averted multiple school shooting plots, teen suicides, and countless other acts of violence. 

 
 About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. 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.  SHP’s mission is to prevent gun violence and other forms of violence and victimization BEFORE they can happen by creating a culture of engaged youth and adults committed to identifying, intervening, and getting help for individuals who might be at risk of hurting themselves or others.  SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible program and policy solutions that address the “human side” of gun violence by preventing individuals from ever getting to the point of picking up a firearm to hurt themselves or others. Our words, actions, and impact nationwide are intended to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation. Make the Promise at www.sandyhookpromise.org. 

 
 

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Media Contact: Dini von Mueffling Communications 

Stephanie Morris | stephanie@dvmcpr.com | 646-650-5005