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Dini Von Mueffling Communications
Sandy Hook Promise Statement in Support of Senator Chris Murphy’s Background Check Expansion Act
Newtown, CT, October 25th, 2017 - Sandy Hook Promise, the national gun violence prevention organization, urges the Senate to vote on Senator Chris Murphy’s new bill to close the loopholes in our background check system. From the horrific shooting in Sandy Hook to the most recent tragedy in Las Vegas, Congress has not acted to keep our country safe from gun violence. They must act now to pass the Background Check Expansion Act.
“While our country may be divided on many issues, we all want to feel safe and the vast majority of us agree that if you can’t pass a background check, you shouldn’t be able to buy a gun,” says Nicole Hockley, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise who lost her six-year-old son Dylan in Sandy Hook. “As major loopholes in our nation’s laws allow a quarter of all guns to be bought without a background check, our elected officials must come together around this commonsense bill and help save lives before another tragedy happens.”
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. SHP is focused on preventing gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals. SHP helps lobby for the passage of sensible state and federal firearm access policy, that protect children and prevents 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.