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Parkland and the Sandy Hook promise

Parkland and the Sandy Hook promise

"We are inspired by the incredible students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who are advocating for safer schools everywhere", said Mark Barden, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise and father to Daniel, killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Never happened - although President Donald Trump now says he's open to such a move. The fearless teenage survivors have said as much, though politicians say now is not the time to discuss gun control.

With these proven programs, students, educators, parents and community leaders can learn how to identity at-risk behaviors, assess threats and properly intervene before a tragedy occurs. Meanwhile, the people who should be blamed and held accountable continue to run their campaigns with blood on their hands that the NRA wipes off with a sizable check. Every child adds value to the world.

Others, however, are less optimistic.

Someone who says they care is lying through their teeth if they don't do anything to back up their sentiment.

Another anonymous reporting app, "Safe 2 Tell", which is now used in Colorado schools, said it received 154 tips of planned school attacks since the school shooting last week in Parkland, Florida. The time for forsaking organizations whose sole goal is to get rid of any sort of restrictions on guns was six years ago, when children who hadn't even had the chance to live their lives had to pay the ultimate price for the GOP's servitude to the NRA. Because at the end of the day, a parent should not have to worry if their fourteen-year-old will be gunned down walking to second period in the school hallway. As an example of a positive legislative effort which we all need to support: Pa. Senate Bill 501 which has bipartisan support and is widely backed by law enforcement.

Although it seems unlikely the Republican-controlled House will take significant action, demographics are not in gun owners' favor. I always saw the decision to hide the Sandy Hook photos as a cynical mechanism concocted by lawmakers to shield the NRA and the politicians who enable them. She, too, thought more action would be taken in the wake of Sandy Hook.

You've got plenty of words, pro and con, to listen to, so I'll try to stick to numbers.

There are some signs, however, that the narrative is being propelled forwards after the Parkland shooting. This time 97 percent of Americans support universal background checks!

As much as I feel grounded in my beliefs on gun control, I don't feel the need to express them publicly after this recent mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. More on that in a minute; first, let me tell you a story. Those better equipped speakers are a 14-year-old who told of seeing blood and bodies as he fled his school, a father who did not lose his child, but was cut off from communication for an hour without knowing her fate, and a courageous, but shaken teacher who had to apply her "active shooter" training.

In statements and speeches after the shooting, members of Connecticut's congressional delegation by and large spoke in favor of stricter gun control.

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