October 2, 2015
Nicole Hockley, Sandy Hook Promise
Sandy Hook Promise Statement on
Shooting at Umpqua Community College, Oregon
Our hearts break for the shattered families and community of Umpqua Community College after yesterday’s horror. We understand their pain now and in the days and years to come and we promise to support them in any way possible. Our thoughts remain with them, the loved ones killed, those injured, and the countless traumatized.
While our hearts continue to break, our spirit never will. Nor will our anger in knowing that this was yet another preventable tragedy.
We know that as we learn facts about this tragedy, our nation will once again enter the endless debate around gun control and gun freedom. The debate goes on, but our children need us now.
What saddens us is that we also know that, as usual, facts will come to light about the warning signs and signals the shooter gave to others, who then took no action to intervene.
While we at Sandy Hook Promise believe our country needs to make progress on policies for appropriate firearm access, we also believe that we must change our attitudes and behaviors on passively accepting daily threats and violence, believing ourselves immune to having this sort of tragedy in our own community and believing we are helpless to prevent it in any case. None of us are immune and none of us are helpless.
Sandy Hook Promise offers, at no-cost, easily implementable programs and actions to help parents, youth, schools and community organizations “Know the Signs” of someone who is in need of help, is displaying at-risk behaviors or making threats, and take action to intervene. We can prevent violence before a person reaches the point of picking up a weapon to hurt themselves or others.
There is no one solution that can stop all gun violence, but there are steps that we can, and must take.
Our hearts are in Roseburg, Oregon right now, but our collective actions are needed from every community across America.
Mark Barden & Nicole Hockley
Managing Directors, Sandy Hook Promise
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 www.sandyhookpromise.org
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