FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dini von Mueffling Communications
Dini von Mueffling / Stephanie Morris
Sandy Hook Promise Statement on
Shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida
Our hearts break for the devastated families and friends of those killed or wounded at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. We, and too many other families across the country, understand their pain and sorrow now and in the days and years to come. Our thoughts remain with them, the loved ones killed, those injured, and the countless traumatized.
As we all woke up on what would otherwise be a beautiful day in Connecticut, we were horrified to learn that we were all now witness to the worst mass shooting in United States history. A gunman from Florida opened fire at Pulse Nightclub overnight, killing at least 50 and wounding at least 53 others.
There are reports that this is related to domestic terrorism, and could also be a hate crime, as it took place at a popular gay club during Pride Month. But, what we do know, unequivocally, is that every American should be able to feel safe to enjoy a night out in any place, during any month, and at any time. Just like we should all expect to be safe at the movies, at church, and at school.
Through the horror, we continue to pray for the victims and their families, as well as the many still wounded and recovering. We know that these atrocities can often make a person feel helpless or like hope is lost. It is not. We must stand together and work for an end to gun violence in America. We must work tirelessly until we are able to live in a world that is safer for all.
Join us to honor the lives lost by vowing to do all you can to help prevent gun violence. Make the Promise, talk to your legislators, get your community involved, and encourage kindness and inclusion.
Our hearts are in Orlando right now, but our collective actions are needed from every community across America.
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 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. Make the Promise at SandyHookPromise.org.