Statement from Sandy Hook Promise on the Mass Shooting in Springfield, Missouri

March 17, 2020 -- Newtown, CT -- On Sunday, five people were killed at a gas station when a lone gunman entered the store and began shooting.  This is the fifth mass shooting in the U.S. this year.

In response to this tragedy, Sandy Hook Promise issued the following statement:

“My heart aches with the Springfield community, grieving for the five lives ripped away by gun violence and for the never-ending effects on their family, friends, and community,” said Nicole Hockley, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, and mother of Dylan, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. “We should all be able to go about our daily lives without fear of being shot. We should never accept or resign ourselves to the devastation of gun violence -- this is not the way to be in America.  We can prevent tragedies like this from happening by knowing the signs of potential violence and saying something to get help before someone decides to harm others or themselves.”

To date, more than 11 million people nationwide have participated in Sandy Hook Promise’s proven Know the Signs programs that focus on prevention to help end the epidemic of gun violence by training youth and adults how to identify at-risk behavior and intervene to get help before a tragedy can occur. Through these no-cost programs, Sandy Hook Promise has averted multiple school shooting plots, teen suicides, and countless other acts of violence.

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 create a culture engaged in preventing shootings, violence, and other harmful acts in schools. Through its proven Know the Signs programs, SHP educates and empowers youth and adults to recognize, intervene, and get help for individuals who may be socially isolated and/or 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. Make the Promise at


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