FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement from Sandy Hook Promise on the Tragic Shooting
at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, CA
Newtown, CT – Sandy Hook Promise released this statement from Nicole Hockley, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise and mother of Dylan, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting:
“This morning we woke to the news of a third mass shooting that has happened in the past two weeks. We grieve with the Thousand Oaks, Pepperdine University, and California State University communities, as we know all too well the unbearable pain they will experience in the days to come. We are reminded yet again that even the safest communities across our country are not immune to gun violence.
“We continue to see places that should be safe havens in every community be affected by gun violence, including schools, places of worship, grocery stores, and yoga studios. This is unacceptable. However, despite the epidemic of gun violence that continues to plague our country, we must turn our pain into action to stop this cycle.
“Gun violence is preventable when one knows the signs, and as we have seen in past tragedies, the shooter exhibited behaviors that were not acted upon. When someone demonstrates at-risk behaviors, an intervention should happen immediately to get that person the help they need -- before it is too late.
“How many more people have to lose their lives before we come together create change to ensure that all public spaces are safe from gun violence? We should not fear going to a bar, places of worship, or school. Prevention is key and we must all come together to protect one another.”
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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