Sandy Hook Promise, an organization founded by Newtown residents and some family members who lost children and loved ones in the Newtown shooting tragedy, has launched Parents Together, a national campaign to prevent gun violence through parent education.
A little less than a year after 26 lives were lost on Dec. 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, an organization formed from the tragedy is launching a new national campaign to help prevent gun violence.
As an organization founded by Newtown residents, including some of the family members who lost children and loved ones in the Newtown shooting incident, Sandy Hook Promise has launched Parent Together, a new grassroots campaign to educate and empower parents to prevent gun violence in their communities.
The idea behind the campaign is that parents are stronger when they stand together. The group hopes to reset the conversation by reminding parents that their love for their children can overcome political paralysis.
"Since its founding last December, Sandy Hook Promise has been seeking ways to bring Americans together to help prevent gun violence," said Nicole Hockley, the mother of 6-year-old Dylan, who was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary. "Last year at this time, I was that mom who was deeply saddened by the violence I saw on the news, but I didn't think I could do anything to change it. But then it struck home and I knew that to honor Dylan's life, I had to get involved to prevent other parents from experiencing this grief. Through Parent Together, we will build on our common ground as parents and our love for our children to create a national community empowered to make our children safer."
Sandy Hook Promise will begin to roll out tools and programs for parents to implement in their communities that focus on mental wellness, community connectedness, and gun safety. These tools and programs will be used by parents to help prevent gun violence within their homes, their schools, their communities, and ultimately the nation.
For more information on the campaign, go to sandyhookpromise.org.