Statement from Sandy Hook Promise on the Tragic Shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh


Statement from Sandy Hook Promise on the Tragic Shooting
at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh

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 weekend, we experienced another unspeakable tragedy caused by gun violence. Our hearts ache as we continue to grieve with Pittsburgh, the Tree of Life Synagogue, the Jewish community, and our entire country. We understand this pain all too well, as our nation has too often been in this state of despair after each life lost and after each senseless act of preventable violence.

We know that places of worship, like schools, should be safe places for the community. When this sense of safety is diminished, it hurts all of us. Though are hearts are broken, our spirits are not. We must remain vigilant and turn our pain into meaningful action that will stop this cycle of violence.

As with so many other tragedies before this, there were signs: signs shown by this individual that could have been reported and acted upon to prevent this tragedy BEFORE it happened. Statements of hatred and thoughts of violence should not be tolerated and should be acted upon before it is too late.

How many times can a heart be broken? Mine has been shattered so many times – first when my son Dylan was murdered in his first-grade classroom at Sandy Hook School, and breaking again every time another life is lost in a senseless tragedy. We must unite together and commit to preventing violence – in our schools, in our places of worship, and every place where we expect and deserve to feel and be safe.

We must prevent violence. We must protect each other. Our lives depend on it.”

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.


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