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Sandy Hook Promise Endorses Ethan’s Law in Connecticut

May 8, 2019 -- Newtown, CT -- Following the tragic death of Ethan Song in 2018, new legislation Ethan’s Law (H.B. 7218) has been developed to strengthen safe firearm storage requirements in Connecticut by closing state loopholes on criminal liability for unsafe storage of a firearm that results in the death of a minor under age 18.

In response to the passage of this legislation yesterday, Sandy Hook Promise released the following statement:

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Sandy Hook Promise Applauds Bipartisan Introduction of the STANDUP Act, Suicide Prevention and Threat Assessment Legislation

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Sandy Hook Promise Applauds Bipartisan Introduction of the STANDUP Act,

Suicide Prevention and Threat Assessment Legislation 

 

May 8, 2019 -- Newtown, CT – Suicide has been the second-leading cause of death among young people between the ages of 10 and 24 since 2010.  This, coupled with other senseless deaths due to school shootings or other acts of violence in schools, point to serious public health issues. Youth suicide and violence against others is preventable, given that 70 percent of those who die by suicide tell someone of their plans or demonstrate warning signs and 80 percent of school shooters tell someone of their plans prior to acting.  Yet, too many youth and adults are unaware of the warning signs and signals to look for, ways of assessing threats when they present themselves, and how to properly intervene before a tragedy can occur.

 

Sandy Hook Promise praises U.S. Congressmen Scott Peters (D-CA-52) and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL-12) for introducing the Suicide and Threat Assessment Nationally Dedicated to Universal Prevention (STANDUP) Act of 2019 ensure our nation’s students and schools have suicide and threat assessment training to stop tragedies before they happen. This legislation is also supported by Congressmen Ted Deutch (D-FL-19) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01). 

 

“The rates of youth suicide and violence occurring in our country’s schools are appalling. We know that with proper training and threat assessment teams embedded in schools that self-harm, violence, and suicide can be preventable. We are proud to partner with these bipartisan champions to pass this critical legislation to ensure that more youth and adults 'know the signs’ to properly intervene before a tragedy can occur and we urge Congress to pass this bill,” 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.

 

Today’s introduction of the bipartisan STANDUP Act is a crucial step in curbing these suicide rates and making our schools safer, overall. If passed, the bill would encourage select states to expand access to evidence-based suicide prevention training to every student in grades 6 through 12 and train schools in proven school threat assessment models that provide guidelines for threat identification, triage, and intervention, as well as established procedures and protocols for coordinating with local law enforcement.

 

“Gun violence and suicide are public health crises in our country. A whole generation of children are now afraid to go to school and think mass school shootings are the norm. We need only to look at the pictures from Colorado yesterday to understand that we must prioritize early prevention, heed warning signs, and give educators and administrators the tools to stop violence before it happens. This bipartisan bill, with the support of Sandy Hook Promise, takes a commonsense, evidence-based approach to address the root problems our students face that can turn them to violence and suicide,” said Rep. Peters.

 

“There is no higher priority than keeping our children safe.  By providing high quality screening and prevention training to school staff and peers, we can identify threats before they materialize, and ensure that those who are at risk get the mental health treatment they need.  Sadly, some communities in my district are among those with the highest suicide rates in our state. With training like this, we can help reverse that troubling trend,” said Rep. Bilirakis.

 

“Especially among children and young adults, gun violence against others or themselves are at heart-wrenching levels in our country. But this public health crisis is preventable. We know that often the warning signs are there; we just need to be trained to identify them and react appropriately. This bipartisan bill would help teachers and administrators catch those warning signs and intervene before gun violence tragedies occur,” said Rep. Deutch.

 

“One of the keys to preventing school violence is equipping students, teachers, and administrators with the skills they need to properly react to threats before a tragedy can occur,” said Rep. Fitzpatrick. “By addressing suicidal and violent behavior, the bipartisan STANDUP Act would give school districts the tools needed to protect our nation’s kids through swift and appropriate intervention.”

 

According to a CDC study, more than 17 percent of youth in the U.S. seriously considered attempting suicide and another 14 percent went as far as making a suicide plan between 2016 and 2017. Research has shown that evidence-based suicide prevention programs and school threat assessment teams have been effective in reducing suicide, interpersonal violence, bullying, and aggression, and have lowered expulsion and suspension rates.

 

Three of Sandy Hook Promise’s evidence-informed Know the Signs violence prevention programs -- Say Something, Signs of Suicide, and Safety Assessment and Intervention -- have helped avert multiple school shooting plots, teen suicides, and countless other acts of violence. These programs, among others, would meet the STANDUP Act requirements for states.

 

At least 20 states currently have laws in place that mandate some manner of suicide prevention training for students or staff. Evidence-based school threat assessment teams have also been shown to increase the willingness of students to seek help for threats of violence and mental illness, reinforcing the potential effectiveness of pairing these life-saving programs.

 

About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut 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.  SHP’s mission is to prevent gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it can happen by educating and mobilizing youth and adults to identify, intervene, and get help for at-risk individuals. 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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Statement from Sandy Hook Promise on the Shooting at the STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado

May 8, 2019 -- Newtown, CT -- On May 7th, nearly a week following the deadly shooting at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, two students at STEM School Highlands Ranch, a K-12 school approximately seven miles from Columbine High School, opened fire on their peers, killing one and injuring eight others. The victims are all students, 15 years of age and up, and many are listed in critical or serious condition. One 18-year-old male lost his life in the tragedy.

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Sandy Hook Promise to Receive FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award at National Ceremony in Washington D.C.

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Sandy Hook Promise to Receive FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award

at National Ceremony in Washington D.C.

 

The organization is being recognized for its proven Know the Signs

gun violence prevention programs

 

Washington, D.C., (May 3, 2019) -- Today, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will present Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) with the 2019 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA) at a national ceremony in Washington, DC. FBI Director, Christopher Wray, will present the prestigious award to Sandy Hook Promise’s Co-Founders and Managing Directors Nicole Hockley and Mark Barden. Nicole’s son, Dylan, and Mark’s son, Daniel, were both killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in 2012.

 

The FBI presents the DCLA to organizations and community leaders who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their communities in the prevention of crime and violence. SHP was chosen for its work in training over 7.5 million youths and adults nationwide in its proven Know the Signs programs that focus on prevention to help end the epidemic of gun violence by identifying at-risk behavior and intervening to get help before a tragedy can occur. Through these no-cost programs, SHP has averted multiple school shooting plots, teen suicides, and countless other acts of violence.

 

“Sandy Hook Promise is honored to receive the Director’s Community Leadership Award,” says Nicole Hockley. “The Know the Signs programs have proven to be effective in preventing heartbreaking tragedies from gun violence. Thanks to brave students who have taken action and said something to a trusted adult or reported tips anonymously through our Say Something Anonymous Reporting System, many tragedies have been averted and lives have been saved.”

 

Sandy Hook Promise was nominated for this award by the FBI’s New Haven field office, one of 56 field offices across the country. The award was also presented to the organization in early April at a local ceremony by Special Agents Brian Turner and Robert Fuller.

 

“The impact of Sandy Hook Promise continues to grow, and this award is proof of that,” Mark Barden says. “At a time when gun violence is so prevalent, we know that educational programs such as our Know the Signs programs are essential in preventing these horrific acts from ever occurring.”

 

About the Director’s Community Leadership Award: The Director’s Community Leadership Award was formally created in 1990 to honor individuals and organizations for their efforts in combating crime, terrorism, and violence in America. Recipients of this award are nominated by each of the FBI’s 56 field offices and are recognized for their service above and beyond the call of duty to help keep America safe.

 

About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. We are led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators. Sandy Hook Promise is focused on preventing gun violence (and all violence) BEFORE it can happen by educating and mobilizing parents, schools, and communities on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible non-policy and policy solutions that protect children and prevent gun violence. Our intent is 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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Statement from Sandy Hook Promise on the Shooting at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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Statement from Sandy Hook Promise on the Shooting at the

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

 

May 1, 2019 -- Newtown, CT – On Tuesday, April 30th, two University of North Carolina at Charlotte students, Ellis Parlier, 19, and Riley Howell, 21, were killed and four others were wounded, Drew Pescaro, 19; Sean Dehart, 20; Emily Houpt, 23; and Rami Alramadhan, 20, when a former student opened fired on the campus during the last day of classes.

 

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

 

“In the days following the tragic shooting at The Chabad of Poway Synagogue, we see yet another place that should be a safe haven become a scene of violence. My heart goes out to those who are affected by these shootings, as I know all too well that their community will never be the same,” said Nicole Hockley, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise and the mother of Dylan who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting. “We should expect all public places, especially schools and places of worship, to be safe. On the last day of classes, these students were preparing not only for final exams and summer break, but for what was still to come, lives full of so much potential. While no explicit warning signs have been reported at this time, we must all learn to recognize the signs and signals of someone in crisis and say something when we see them. It is our duty to look after one another and our community.”

 

To date, more than 6.5 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. We are led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators. Sandy Hook Promise is focused on preventing gun violence (and all violence) BEFORE it can happen by educating and mobilizing parents, schools, and communities on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene, and help at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible non-policy and policy solutions that protect children and prevent gun violence. Our intent is 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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20 YEARS AFTER COLUMBINE: 5 TRENDS IN GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND 5 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP

The tragic mass shooting that claimed the lives of 13 students and wounded more than 20 others in a previously unheard-of school and town -- Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado -- is considered by many as the unofficial start of the gun violence prevention movement in the U.S.   

Since then, dozens of other innocuous towns and schools have been added to an unforgettable list – including our own Newtown, CT -- with thousands of family members and friends across the country surviving the far-reaching ripple effects of mass and school shootings.  

The popular assertion “and still nothing has changed” echoes throughout the media on every remembrance and yet, though it might not often feel that way, immense progress has been made.  

We at Sandy Hook Promise are only here and able to do this work to honor our loved ones because of the families, students, and activists from Columbine that laid the foundation for the modern gun violence prevention movement. 

Truly, much has changed since Columbine.  

We now have a nationwide, youth-led movement for gun violence prevention that is saving lives because of the tireless efforts of families and survivors of Columbine, Parkland, Chicago, Baltimore, Las Vegas, Oak Creek, Kalamazoo, Orlando, Newtown, and countless others. 

Here, we look back at the progress the movement has made in honor of those we have lost, and what you can do to get involved and add your voice to protect our kids and stop gun violence.  

 

1. The survivor movement takes root and gains strength: 

  • Tom Mauser’s son Daniel, who was 15 years old and in 10th grade, was killed at Columbine High School in 1999. He, among many others, began to pave the way for other parents and families who have since become survivors of gun violence. Just days after the shooting at Columbine, Tom carried a sign at a local protest with a photo of his son Daniel and the words, “My son Daniel died at Columbine. He’d expect me to be here today.” Tom told those who attended, “If my son Daniel was not one of the victims, he would be here with me today.” 
  • Now, in a much more connected world, and with dozens of communities suffering similar school or mass shootings, survivors, and activists have found hope and healing in each other. Survivors have activated media campaigns like the #NoNotoriety campaign, worked on state and federal policy initiatives, passed Universal Background Checks and Extreme Risk Protection Orders in dozens of states, and are carrying on the legacies of their lost loved ones by making our communities and schools safer. Recently, 4 Columbine survivors sat down with 4 survivors from Parkland to talk about their work, navigating loss, and to offer support for the long road ahead.  

 

2. The youth voice continues to grow stronger: 

 

3. States get serious about gun violence prevention, while the federal government lags: 

  • Numerous states have passed legislation to close loopholes, ban high-capacity magazines, and set age limits on gun purchases, but there has been little action at the federal level 
  • After the 2012 mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, CO, state lawmakers passed a law requiring a background checks before most firearm transfers and banned large-capacity ammunition magazines.  
  • Twenty states and Washington, DC have extended the background check requirements beyond current federal law to at least some private sales. 
  • As of March 2019, 15 states (CaliforniaConnecticutDelawareFloridaIllinoisIndianaMarylandMassachusettsNew JerseyNew YorkOregonRhode IslandVermontWashington, and Colorado) have enacted laws authorizing courts to issue Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs).  
  • Legislation doesn’t happen without voter engagement. And we are seeing the largest Increase in voter engagement in decades: There was a 47% increase in mid-term voter turnout since 1994 and young people are registering to vote in record numbers, driving structural change in gun violence prevention on the local, state, and national level. 

 

4. Gun violence prevention programs become best practice in schools and districts nationwide: 

  • Less than one year after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Sandy Hook Promise partners with threat assessment experts to develop four, evidence-based Know the Signs programs designed to help youth and adults recognize the warning signs of violence toward oneself or others, and act immediately to get help and prevent tragedy. To date, more than 6.5 million people have received these trainings in 14,000+ schools across all 50 states. 
  • In March of 2018, the federal government passed the Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act. Sandy Hook Promise partnered with Democrats and Republicans to write and pass this legislation that allots millions of dollars in funding for states and school districts to implement violence prevention and intervention programs, suicide education, anonymous reporting systems, and more. 
  • Pennsylvania becomes the first state to require anonymous reporting tools be available for every middle and high school student. 
  • Threat assessment teams and preparedness drills have become the evolving approach to school safety, while more and more schools are taking an even more holistic approach by using these in conjunction with violence prevention programs like Know the Signs from Sandy Hook Promise.   

 

5. Business leaders commit to ending gun violence in America, funding awareness and advocacy efforts:  

  • “As business leaders with power in the public and political arenas, we simply cannot stand by silently when it comes to the issues that threaten the very fabric of the communities where we live and work,” wrote Chip Bergh, Levi Strauss & Co. president and CEO, in an op-ed for Fortune. “While taking a stand can be unpopular with some, doing nothing is no longer an option.” The company commits more than $1 million to nonprofits and youth activists advocating for gun reform. 
  • Taking a stance in the gun violence debate represents a radically different approach for the TOMS shoe companywho recently announced $5 million in funding for gun violence prevention.  In CEO Blake Mycoskie’s mind, it’s in line with the company’s original mission. “This is a human issue,” he says. “It’s become political, but ending gun violence is about making a better world, which is what we’ve always been about.” 

 

FIVE THINGS YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW TO HELP END GUN VIOLENCE 

 

1. Vote!  

 

2. Commit to “Know the Signs"  

  • Many shooters -- and people who die by suicide -- give warning signs and signals. When you know the signs, you can help save lives and prevent tragedies. If you see, hear, or read in-person or online something that concerns you, report it to a trusted adult or law enforcement immediately.  

 

3. Store Guns Safely to Protect Kids 

  • Many school shooters obtain unsecured firearms that have been improperly stored by adult family members in their lives. Safely store guns in a secure, locked case, separately from ammunition. This can prevent school shootings, suicides, and all-too-common unintentional shootings.  

 

4. Use Your Voice for Change 

  • Advocate for sensible gun reforms by contacting your Senators about S. 42, the Universal Background Check Expansion ActThe House bill passed on February 27th, and now your Senators need to hear from you. Click here to send them an email now! 

 

5. Make the Promise to Protect Our Communities 

  • Join Sandy Hook Promise and Make the Promise to honor those we’ve lost, and those we can still save, by preventing gun violence and protecting our kids. Together, we can transform tragedy into transformational change. 

 

We can prevent shootings and keep our children and families safe, but it will take each and every one of our voices. Lawmakers will listen, but we must do the work. They tell us often that every contact made by their constituents matters and is counted. Make calls, send emails and tweets, sign petitions, register to vote, and make an Election Day plan.  

Currently, Congress is on recess and many lawmakers will be hosting Town Halls. These are perfect opportunities to urge your local representatives to vote yes on S. 42. Implementing robust universal background checks are the necessary next step to keeping our schools and communities safe from gun violence.  

Decades of work by families from Littleton and other communities across the country have shown us that gun violence prevention work is not hopeless, and we are not helpless. Honor those we have lost and those we can still save by keeping these families close to your heart on this difficult remembrance, and by adding your voice to the movement to protect our kids from gun violence.  

Sandy Hook Promise Hosted its Annual SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere) Promise Club Summit in North Carolina

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Sandy Hook Promise Hosted its Annual SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere)

Promise Club Summit in North Carolina

 

Student leaders from across the country discussed proven gun violence prevention methods, as well as their “superpowers” for keeping their schools and communities safe

Newtown, CT – On Saturday, April 13th, Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) hosted its annual SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere) Youth Summit for its SAVE Promise Club members from across the country at H.E. Winkler High School in Concord, NC, the state where SAVE was started 30 years ago. Students leaders, advisors, and advocates came together to showcase successful tactics and training to make schools and communities safer. The theme for this year’s event was “What’s Your Super Power?,” encouraging students to tap into their personal skillset to help prevent youth violence in their school and community.

Speakers at this year’s summit included, Natalie Barden, Newtown High School student activist, and Nicole Hockley and Mark Barden, SHP’s co-founders and managing directors and the parents of Dylan Hockley and Daniel Barden, respectively, who were killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.

While Nicole and Mark addressed the crowd, they recounted several anecdotes of when student leaders across the country used their “superpowers” to stop violence from happening in their school and community. “Each year, the number of threats our programs help to avert grows. From bullying to cutting, firearms in school and threats of suicide and homicide, we know without any doubt that our work is saving lives for families and communities everywhere. [Student leaders like yourself] are the eyes and ears – and the heart – of your school and you are uniquely placed to look after each other and get help. Your voice, knowledge, and skills are benefiting your entire community. That’s your superpower.”

The day-long summit provided student- and educator-led workshops to share best practices for implementing, leading, and sustaining SHP’s proven Know the Signs programs like Say Something and Start with Hello in schools nationwide. Topics included conquering conflict, ways of using words to create positive outcomes, how to continue a conversation after "hello," advocating for change with elected officials, recognizing the signs of social isolation, how to navigate change, how to resist bullies and more.

"While legislation is essential in this movement, treating others with respect, compassion, and kindness -- little things like this -- really do matter. That's why Sandy Hook Promise and the SAVE Promise Club work is so important. Gun violence prevention is more than a political issue. It is a human decency issue. There is no reason for this to be a divisive argument. We, as humans, need to care about each other,” said Natalie Barden, Newtown High School student activist, and sister of Daniel of who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting.

 

In addition, the exemplary schools from SHP’s national Start with Hello Week this past September presented the videos and activities they implemented during the national call-to-action week to Summit attendees. As a part of their prize package, winners and runners-up each received a stipend to attend and present at the summit.

The winning schools/school districts include:

- Madeira Beach Fundamental K-8, Madeira Beach, FL

- Bloomfield School District, Bloomfield, NJ

- St. Stephens High School, Hickory, NC

- Hermosa Beach City School District, Hermosa Beach, CA

- La Quinta Middle School, La Quinta, CA

- Seaman Elementary School, Jericho, NY

- Smyrna School District, Smyrna, DE

- Mannsdale Upper Elementary, Madison, MS

 

About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. They are led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook School on December 14, 2012. Sandy Hook Promise is focused on preventing gun violence (and other forms of violence) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing parents, schools and communities on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible non-policy and policy solutions that protect children and prevent gun violence. Our intent is 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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Stephanie@dvmcpr.com | 646-650-5005

Sandy Hook Promise Applauds Passage of Extreme Risk Protection Order Legislation in Colorado

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Sandy Hook Promise Applauds Passage of Extreme Risk Protection Order

Legislation in Colorado

 

April 15, 2019 -- Newtown, CT – On Friday, the Colorado state legislature passed HB1177, a bill to establish Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs).

 

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

 

“Extreme Risk Protection Orders are a critical tool for law enforcement and families who are often the first to see the signs and signals of someone who may be violent and need a way to take action quickly to stop a tragedy before it happens. We applaud the Colorado state legislature and Governor Jared Polis for making this a priority and passing this life-saving legislation,” says Mark Barden, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, and father of Daniel who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.

 

ERPOs allow law enforcement and family members to petition a judge to temporarily separate an individual from a firearm when they are at risk of harming themselves or someone else. ERPOs have been proven to help avert suicides and other acts of gun violence and have been passed in 14 other 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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