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Sandy Hook Promise Announces Support for Life-Saving Legislation in New Hampshire

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Sandy Hook Promise Announces Support for Life-Saving Legislation in New Hampshire

February 28, 2019 -- Newtown, CT -- Today, Sandy Hook Promise announced its support for two life-saving bills being considered by the New Hampshire state legislature. The first, known as the Jason Flatt Act (HB 652/SB 199), would require teachers and administrators in public schools to receive suicide prevention and awareness training annually. The second would establish a process for issuing Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs) (HB 687) in New Hampshire. ERPOs allow family members and law enforcement officers to petition a judge to temporarily separate firearms from an individual who is at risk of harming themselves or someone else.

In response to the introduction of this legislation, Sandy Hook Promise, a leading national gun violence prevention organization, issued the following statement:

“These bills are about empowering families and schools in New Hampshire to seek help when someone is at risk of harming themselves or someone else,” said Mark Barden, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, and father of Daniel who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. “We are heartened to see the New Hampshire legislature taking suicide seriously and urge the swift passage of these bills quickly in order to save lives.”

According to the Center for Disease Control, suicide rates in the state of New Hampshire increased more than 48% between 1999 and 2016. The Jason Flatt Act seeks to address the growing epidemic of suicide by ensuring all public-school teachers and administrators receive two hours of suicide awareness and prevention training annually—a requirement that has already been approved in 19 states.

ERPOs have been proven to help prevent suicides and other acts of gun violence and have been passed in 14 other states. Sandy Hook Promise views both the Jason Flatt Act and ERPOs as key to ending the growing number of school shootings and epidemic of gun violence in our country.

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. For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.

 

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

Sandy Hook Promise Celebrates Bipartisan Passage of Background Checks Legislation in House, Calls for Immediate Senate Action

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Sandy Hook Promise Celebrates Bipartisan Passage of Background Checks Legislation in House,

Calls for Immediate Senate Action

 

Newtown, CT – February 27, 2019 – Today, H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, passed the House with overwhelming support. The bill would expand the background check requirement for nearly all gun sales occurring in the U.S., including so-called “private sales” that occur at gun shows and over the internet. Current loopholes in our nation’s laws allow 25% of all guns to be bought without a background check. Background checks have been proven to save lives and have been shown to reduce levels of gun violence in states that have expanded background checks to all sales.

 

Sandy Hook Promise, a leading gun violence prevention organization, whose families have been tirelessly advocating for the passage of expanded background checks since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in December 2012, released the following statement:

 

“For more than six years, Sandy Hook Promise has been working with Republicans and Democrats to pass expanded background checks as a necessary first legislative step to ensure that no more families have to experience the loss of a child to gun violence,” said Mark Barden, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, and father of Daniel who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. “Today, Congress has finally come together and taken action by passing this life-saving bill, but our work and theirs is far from over. We call on every Senator to simply do their job to protect our children from gun violence and pass universal background checks immediately. We cannot afford to wait any longer.”

 

Sandy Hook Promise has helped pass more than a dozen bipartisan laws to strengthen background checks and create Extreme Risk Protection Orders. Last year, Sandy Hook Promise proudly led the work to pass the bipartisan STOP School Violence Act of 2018 (H.R. 4909/S. 2495) that is already helping to train millions of students and adults to “know the signs” of gun violence and how to act to prevent it, stopping potential tragedies across the country.

 

More than 5.5 million people 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 on how to identify at-risk behavior and intervene to get help before a tragedy can occur. Through these no-cost signature programs, Sandy Hook Promise has averted multiple school shooting plots, several 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. For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.

 

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Media Contact:

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

Sandy Hook Promise Responds to the Introduction of Extreme Risk Protection Order Legislation in Minnesota

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Sandy Hook Promise Responds to the Introduction of

Extreme Risk Protection Order Legislation in Minnesota

 

February 26, 2019 -- Newtown, CT -- Tomorrow, the Minnesota House of Representatives will hold hearings on H.F. 8, a bill to require criminal background checks on all gun sales, and H.F. 9, a bill to create Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs). Expanding background checks and implementing extreme risk protection orders are proven methods for reducing gun violence, and the passage of these bills would save lives in Minnesota.

 

In response to the introduction of this legislation, Sandy Hook Promise, a leading national gun violence prevention organization, issued the following statement:

 

“Background checks and Extreme Risk Protection Orders are critical tools for keeping firearms out of the hands of those who seek to do harm to themselves or others,” said Mark Barden, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, and father of Daniel who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. “We applaud the Minnesota House of Representatives for prioritizing these life-saving bills and urge their swift passage.”

 

Current loopholes in our nation’s laws allow 25% of all guns to be bought without a background check. Background checks have been proven to save lives and have been shown to reduce levels of gun violence in states that have expanded background checks to all sales. Similarly, ERPOs have been proven to help prevent acts of gun violence, including suicides, and have been passed in 14 other states. Sandy Hook Promise views both background checks and ERPOs as key parts of ending the growing number of school shootings and overall epidemic of gun violence in our country.

 

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. For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.

 

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Media Contact:

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

Sandy Hook Promise’s Mark Barden Joined Elected Officials and Gun Violence Survivors for National Background Checks Now Town Hall

Sandy Hook Promise’s Mark Barden Joined Elected Officials and Gun Violence Survivors for

National Background Checks Now Town Hall

 

Newtown, CT – Leading up to a historic vote on universal background checks in the House, the first vote on gun safety in years, Mark Barden, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise and father of Daniel who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, joined Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) for a national digital town hall meeting to discuss the importance and crucial need of backgrounds checks. The town hall was livestreamed via Facebook and included other gun violence survivors such as, Congresswoman Lucy McBath (GA-06); Jaclyn Corin, March For Our Lives; Pastor Brenda Mitchell, Everytown Survivor Network; and David Chipman, Giffords.

According to a Quinnipiac University poll conducted shortly after the shooting in Parkland, FL, 97 percent of American voters approved universal background checks, with identical levels of support among gun owners and non-gun owners.

 

The panelists showcased how gun violence has affected all communities across the country, big and small. The passage of this legislation will ensure the safety of everyone across the country, as it will make sure that firearms don’t get into the hands of someone looking to harm themselves or others. One common theme throughout the hour-long discussion is that gun violence is preventable, and this measure will help save countless lives.

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During the conversation, Mark mentioned that while policy solutions, such as background checks, is crucial, it should also be coupled with preventative measures, such training people how to Know the Signs of at-risk behaviors and how to properly intervene. This public health issue should be addressed from all angles so that the younger generations can feel safe when they go to school and in their community.

 

Sandy Hook Promise has been a leader in the call for Congressional action on background checks and bipartisan gun violence prevention legislation since its founding in the days after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14, 2012 and has helped pass over a dozen bipartisan laws at the state level to strengthen background checks and create Extreme Risk Protection Orders to prevent gun violence.

 

Since its inception, more than 5.5 million youth and adults in all 50 states 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 signature programs, Sandy Hook Promise has averted multiple school shooting plots, several 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 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.

For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.

 

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Media Contact:

Dini von Mueffing Communications

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

Sandy Hook Promise Responds to the Introduction of Extreme Risk Protection Order Legislation in Colorado

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Sandy Hook Promise Responds to the Introduction of Extreme Risk Protection Order Legislation in Colorado

 

February 19, 2019 -- Newtown, CT -- On Thursday, February 14, the Colorado House of Representatives introduced legislation to establish Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs). State Rep. Tom Sullivan and Majority Leader Alec Garnett filed HB 19-1177, which would allow family members and law enforcement officers to petition a judge to temporarily separate firearms from an individual who is at risk of harming themselves or someone else.

 

In response to the introduction of this legislation, Sandy Hook Promise, a leading national gun violence prevention organization, issued the following statement:

 

“As we have seen in far too many recent shootings, when a loved one is in crisis, family members are often the first to see the signs and signals of potential violence. Extreme Risk Protection Orders are a critical tool to stop violence before it can happen because they allow family members and law enforcement to intervene quickly when someone is posing a threat to themselves or others,” said Mark Barden, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, and father of Daniel who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. “We applaud the Colorado House of Representatives for introducing this life-saving legislation and urge its swift passage.”

 

ERPOs have been proven to help avert suicides and other acts of gun violence and have been passed in 14 states. Sandy Hook Promise views ERPOs as a key part of ending the growing number of school shootings and overall epidemic of gun violence in our country.

 

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. For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.

 

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Media Contact:

Dini von Mueffling Communications

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

Sandy Hook Promise Responds to Congressional Introduction of Extreme Risk Protection Orders on the One-Year Anniversary of the Parkland School Shooting

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Sandy Hook Promise Responds to Congressional Introduction of Extreme Risk Protection Orders on the One-Year Anniversary of the Parkland School Shooting

 

February 14, 2019 -- Newtown, CT -- Today, on the first anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL,  the House and Senate introduced the Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) Act.

 

The bill was sponsored by Representatives Salud Carbajal (CA-24), Ted Deutch (FL-22), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) and Don Beyer (VA-08) and Senators Dianne Feinstein (CA), Richard Blumenthal (CT), Chris Murphy (CT), Ed Markey (MA), Jeanne Shaheen (NH), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), Bernie Sanders (VT), Kamala Harris (CA), Dick Durbin (IL), Tammy Baldwin (WI), Angus King (ME), Bob Casey (PA), Bob Menendez (NJ), Brian Schatz (HI), Elizabeth Warren (MA), Cory Booker (NJ), Chris Van Hollen (MD), Maggie Hassan (NH), Ben Cardin (MD) and Maria Cantwell (WA).

 

If passed, the ERPO Act would establish a grant program to expand laws across more states to allow family members or law enforcement officials to petition a judge to temporarily remove firearms from an individual in crisis. Additionally, the bill would ensure that law enforcement is trained on how to use these orders, including accessing all existing gun databases when assessing a tip, warning, or request.

 

Support for ERPOs has increased significantly since the Parkland shooting, but to date, Congress has yet to hold a formal vote on any bill. Meanwhile, nine states have passed ERPO laws since Parkland, bringing the total to 14 states that have enacted Extreme Risk Protection legislation.

 

In response to this introduction, Sandy Hook Promise, a leading gun violence prevention organization, issued the following statement:

 

“Sandy Hook Promise strongly supports this bipartisan legislation to expand Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO) to more states across our country and strengthen implementation of these critical laws in existing states," said Mark Barden, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise and father of Daniel who was killed in the Sandy Hook mass shooting. "Gun violence is preventable when we teach people to know the signs and get help for those at risk, but in most states, there is no legal mechanism to help separate an individual in crisis from the dangers of a firearm. We need to empower our families and law enforcement so that when they see a potential tragedy in the making, they can take action to save lives.”

 

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. For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.

 

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

Sandy Hook Promise Responds to State of the Union Address

Sandy Hook Promise Responds to State of the Union Address

Newtown, CT – February 6, 2019 – On the evening of February 5, President Trump held his second State of the Union address. The President called for unity and creating a safer America, however, he glaringly avoided the topic of gun violence prevention and ways to keep American students safe in their schools and communities.

In response, Sandy Hook Promise released the following statement:

“I am disappointed that President Trump did not discuss solutions for gun violence prevention, especially after he honored two brave survivors who were impacted by the shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue last year, Pittsburgh SWAT officer Timothy Matson and Judah Samet,” 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. “There are common sense, bipartisan measures including background checks and extreme risk laws that can be passed immediately to prevent further shootings and save lives.”

“President Trump highlighted the importance of expanding funding for researching childhood cancer, and while this cause is also extremely important, more children are dying from gun violence than cancer each year, according to the New England Journal of Medicine,” Barden continued. “Gun violence has become the second leading cause of death for youth and teens in America. This is intolerable, and our Congress must come together with the President to pass real solutions to ensure that these same children are safe from gun violence at school and in their communities.”

2018 was the worst on record for violence in schools, as there were 94 incidents of gun violence at schools across the country, including the tragedies at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and Santa Fe High School. The epidemic of gun violence is on the rise and we are seeing more than double the number of incidents in any given year.

These staggering statistics are appalling, and Sandy Hook Promise will continue to push for common-sense gun violence prevention legislation, and will continue its mission of training youth and adults to “Know the Signs” of gun violence and how to prevent it. More than 5.5 million people 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 thee no-cost signature programs, Sandy Hook Promise has averted multiple school shooting plots, several 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 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. For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.

National Youth Violence Prevention Week 2019

National Youth Violence Prevention Week

April 8th-12th, 2019


Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE), an initiative of Sandy Hook Promise, is proud to be a founding partner of the National Youth Violence Prevention Week (NYVPW) Campaign. Founded in 2001, NYVPW hopes to raise awareness and educate youth and communities on effective strategies to prevent youth violence before it happens. This week long national education initiative will involve activities that demonstrate the positive role young people can have in making their school and community safer, and the role that everyone can play in preventing youth violence. SAVE serves as the crossroads to the campaign and provides countless resources to prepare for the event, including the official campaign Action Kit that serves as a step-by-step planning guide, suggestions for how each sector of the community can support the campaign, activity ideas, links to national organizations sponsoring the event, articles and interviews on violence prevention, and much, much more!

 

NYVPW Resources:

NYVPW Action Kit

Sample Social Media Posts

Spread the Word

NYVPW Activities & Challenges

How You Can Help

Image and Graphics Downloads

Tell Us Your Plans!

NYVPW Sponsors and Partners

Future Planning

More Resources!