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Sandy Hook Promise Applauds TOMS for Actions to
Help End the Epidemic of Gun Violence with New Campaign
Newtown, CT – November 21, 2018 – Sandy Hook Promise applauds TOMS for its commitment to supporting gun violence prevention with its new initiative to engage customers in demanding universal background checks and the $5 million donation to fund organizations doing work on the ground.
“I am proud of TOMS for adding gun violence prevention to the list of ways their company is improving the lives of our global community. In the 24 hours surrounding the TOMS announcement, shootings in Chicago, Denver, and Missouri, in ‘safe’ places including a hospital and religious supply store, made national news. Yet according to the Gun Violence Prevention Archive, more than 40 other shootings took place across the nation yesterday alone. The need for gun violence prevention measures grows daily. We know universal background checks work to prevent people who pose a serious danger to themselves and others from accessing firearms. Alongside our Know the Signs programs, backgrounds checks save lives and can stop a tragedy before it can begin,” said Nicole Hockley, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise and mother of Dylan, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.
To date, more than 5.5 million people have been trained in Sandy Hook Promise’s proven Know the Signs programs that are designed to bring about the greater good and end the epidemic of gun violence through the identification of at-risk behavior and intervention to get help. Through these signature programs, Sandy Hook Promise has averted multiple school shooting plots, several teen suicides, and countless other acts of violence.
I applaud TOMS founder Blake Mycoski and his executives for stepping up to help stop the epidemic of gun violence in our country. We need preventative measures – such as universal background checks – to keep our children and families safe and I’m happy that TOMS is taking the lead to push for the change we need,” said Mark Barden, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise and the father of Daniel, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.
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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