Sandy Hook Promise Statement Supporting the Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act
Today, the families of Sandy Hook Promise released the following statement supporting the Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act.
“Sandy Hook Promise strongly supports this bipartisan legislation championed by Senators Blumenthal and Graham to expand access to Extreme Risk Protection Orders to families and law enforcement across the country.
As we have learned from far too many tragedies, the vast majority of mass shooters show signs of their intentions before becoming violent. Extreme Risk Protection Orders are a proven tool to help families and law enforcement intervene and prevent another tragedy by temporarily separating at-risk and dangerous individuals from accessing firearms while protecting Second Amendment rights.
Families are often in the best position to see the warning signs of violence and suicide first. But in most states, they are helpless to respond. We applaud this commonsense policy that would empower families, no matter where they live, to take action when they see the warning signs of violence and help 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 it happens 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.