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Update #8 ·

Fort Hood

Today is a day of mourning for those killed at Fort Hood yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the shooting, their families, and their friends. The pain of incidents like this one is felt throughout the community and across the nation. 

The grief does not subside, but we refuse to let it stand in the way of reducing gun violence -- whether it is on a military base, a city street, or a quiet town like our own. 

At Sandy Hook Promise, we strongly believe in addressing the violence holistically: by improving mental health treatment, identifying and intervening early to help prevent troubled children from becoming violent young adults, fostering dialogue to strengthen our communities, closing the loopholes in the laws that should keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and the severely mentally ill, and expanding programs that promote safe gun storage and use. 

We cannot continue to shrug and look away when these shootings happen. The people of Fort Hood and Sandy Hook know all too well how none of us are immune from gun violence unless we stand together to reduce it.

How you can help

There was a gathering of people in Newtown. It was in someone's kitchen, and it was filled with friends and neighbors who knew they needed to be together. They knew they had to hug each other. Gradually, as they spoke, they also realized something else. They understood that they had a responsibility. To honor the kids and teachers they'd lost, as well as the survivors. They promised to do…

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Valentine's Day marked the two-month anniversary of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT that took the lives of 20 first graders and six educators.  As we celebrate those we love this year this week, please join people everywhere in sending a "Virtual Valentine" today to the families of those lost by visiting: Then share…

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