Sandy Hook Promise Applauds Obama's Proposals

The advocacy group says Obama is on the right track, but that change has to go further than Washington.


In response to President Barack Obama's announcement Wednesday that he would push Congress to approve sweeping new gun control legislation — including the renewal of a ban on assault rifles like the one used in the Newtown school shooting — advocacy group Sandy Hook Promise issued a statement applauding the president's approach.

As it has said before, though, including at its press conference on Monday, change can't stop at new legislation.

The statement came from one of the group's co-founder, Tim Makris, a Sandy Hook Elementary School parent.

"Sandy Hook Promise welcomes the broad focus of the President's proposals," Makris wrote. "We appreciate his decisive action to help address through Executive Order immediate opportunities for reform, and we applaud his broader commitment to finding meaningful common sense solutions to help prevent similar acts of violence in other communities in America. Hopefully this will begin a thoughtful debate in Congress on how best to prevent future incidents of gun violence."

The statement asks both citizens and politicians to which reads, in part:

"I promise to do everything I can to encourage and support common sense solutions that make my community and my country safer from similar acts of violence."

The organization, which  launched the promise Monday as a way for citizens to react to — and, it hopes, prevent — mass shootings like the one that took the lives of 20 children and six adults in December.

Since then, the group has gained support from Sen. Chris Murphy, who said he supports the type of sweeping legal changes proposed by Obama, and more than 24,000 fans on their Facebook page.

Thomas Crafts January 16, 2013 at 11:01 PM
So what.
Sheila January 17, 2013 at 12:52 AM
Ablechild.org opposes this failure to address the underlying cause of feeding our children psychiatric drugs and diagnosing them without full informed consent and the right to refuse psychiatric treatment. Ablechild.org urges the public to continue to ask for the release of Adam Lanza's psychiatric records, pharma reports, and IEP school records. Any mom or dad that would oppose Ablechild.org'a calls to disclose these basic facts, insults all our members that have lost children to psychiatric drugs. We urge you to stand and demand the facts in this mass murder investigation that has been sealed under court order by a judge without reason.
Geraldine Carley January 17, 2013 at 01:27 AM
Mr. Crafts, Your "so what" comment is cause for me to answer you. I was a victim of a crime back in 1975 in which an ex-boyfriend tried to kill me. Fortunately, he had a knife and not a gun, and my loyal dog came between him and me. I survived that attack because of a dog and a knife. Frank broke into my apartment, hid in a closet, and attempted to kill me in a dark bedroom. If Frank had access to a gun the story would have had a different ending. To be so indifferent and defensive shows such a callous disregard for logic and compassion it's difficult to even comprehend. You want your guns....good for you. For me...I'm glad I lived to have two amazing children who would never write..."so what". I'm hoping there are more of them than people like you. And it's not just this latest of your writings that prompted my response....you write this stuff every day.
Tim January 17, 2013 at 01:49 AM
Exactly, yet another group of gun grabbers. I second your "so what". Thankfully, the NRA and it's nearly 5 million members is bigger than all of the gun grabber groups combined.
Tim January 17, 2013 at 01:53 AM
I agree, I would say the public safety concerns trump the rights of a deceased mass murderer. Clearly there's another agenda here and it's the pharmaceutical lobby groups pulling the strings.
David Marchetti January 17, 2013 at 02:14 AM
Sandy Hook Elementary was 100% a dismal, amateurish, physical security failure, because someone made an oversight plain and simple, they were able to break out a window and reach though the door and open it. People are stupid at best changing gun laws is like closing the barn doors after the horses got out, the weapons are still out there, this changes nothing, it's a joke at best. Laws are for the law abiding to follow, criminals don't follow laws, all this does is burden the law abiding silly geese...
Sheila January 17, 2013 at 02:20 AM
CNN and Sandy Hook Promise have no right to act as a congressional public hearing for we the people. Sandy Hook Promise has not right to talk for all parents. Ablechild.org opposes Sandy Hook Promise's political agenda.
George S January 17, 2013 at 05:16 AM
Let's play out your assumption that a psychiatric drug issue was a factor in this case. Even so, one would be led to conclude that those 26 people would be alive if Adam Lanza didn't have easy access to such lethal weaponry. The point being that if there really is such a severe issue with psychiatric pharmaceuticals as you're saying, it would just be another reason to support more sensible gun safety policies than the U.S. currently has. Because it obviously is way too easy for troubled people to get their hands on powerful weapons.
Sheila January 17, 2013 at 06:37 AM
Wasn't it 28 human beings dead. 27 Murdered, and 1 suicide. Second, we shouldn't assume, we should collect evidence and follow the laws. To answer your question, No it is not reasonable to take the second amendment away. You should at least have a photo of the guns that were used in this crime, so you can advocate the gun safety in your argument, don't you agree? In any murder or suicide investigation, the "State of Mind" is always the most important factor in sentences and obtaining justice and formulating legislation for prevention. These families deserve justice, we deserve pubic safety. Facts can determine Adam's State of mind. Those facts collected can illustrate powerful mind altering drugs with known side effects of suicide and increase violence were the actual weapon that killed everyone on that day. What do the school records reveal? Where is the Psychiatrist. President Obama increased spending on psychiatrists and treatment. So why has that potential contributing factor now been offered to us and endorsed by our President as the solution? Ablechild say, no thanks it is a death sentence for our children and we refuse it. We don't want our tax dollars to pay for more murder and suicide. We have had enough! We hope this helps explain our position. The Governor is welcome to come to his own conclusion but not ours, we don't want the facts ignored.
Thomas Crafts January 17, 2013 at 01:04 PM
Geraldine, Lets take the gun argument to an absurd extreme, banning all weapons, and it actually worked , i.e. nobody had any weapons. You, and many other women, would be dead. In hand to hand fighting between the sexes, women are going to loose a majority of the time. Firearms (and in your case a knife, but weapons in general) can level the playing field between the strong and the weak, the elderly, the in-firmed, etc. How many rapes and murders have been staved off with the use (either passive or active) of a gun??
AHM January 17, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Thank you Tim Makris...I Promise!
Old Saybrook Mel January 18, 2013 at 04:22 PM
Why do all you people with your various agendas - probably few or none from either Newtown or Connecticut - hover and spew your prejudices here? Japan has a history of vastly more violent video games, has a higher per-capita consumption of psychotropic drugs. Yet virtually no gun murders, because of tough laws limiting firearms. Israel - like America, born in an armed conflict - but unlike us, surrounded by Islamic terrorist nations - concluded that building walls to keep murderers out was more effective than turning its schools into armed camps. Result: Only 170,000 of its 8 million inhabitants have private firearm licenses (1/12 the rate of US licenses), none for weapons like those used to slaughter our children - and a limit of 50 bullets per licensee per year. For God's sake, it's barely a MONTH since Newtown lost 20 babies to a murderous weapon in the hands of an individual with unknown mental state or motivation. At least some Newton people have decided to back the proposals of a democratically elected President of the nation. You, like they, have a right to your opinion. But how about taking them someplace else than the Newtown Patch for airing?
Dart January 18, 2013 at 07:17 PM
He did not "break out a window and reach though the door and open it" - he blasted his way in with the semi automatic weapon. Regardless of your opinion or the point you are trying to make, at least get the facts right.
Thomas Crafts January 19, 2013 at 11:32 AM
First of all, I live in Sandy Hook. Second of all, Israel has two armed guards in every school as the result of a mass killing in 1974. The entire country is armed and they all served in the military, so they have weapons training. They live in a war zone and I admire their no nonsense approach to security and dealing with terror. I was in Munich during the seminal event there in 1972 where all their hostages were killed. Israel's response, hunting down and assassinating each and every member of the terrorist team, was spot on, and is the reason that these things don't happen to them anymore. Every israeli cockpit is armed, they treat hostages taken as already dead, and act accordingly. If they had hostages taken in Algeria, it would already be over with lots of terrorist carcasses, and the people responsible for Lybia would be visiting allah. So lets not talk about Israel, unless you want to tell the truth.
Old Saybrook Mel January 19, 2013 at 01:26 PM
My family has been living in Israel since 1947. My uncle fought in the Independence war. I visited this past October; during the festival of Sukkot. Jerusalem was MOBBED with hundreds of thousands from all over the country and the world. There were more armed police per thousand visitors in Times Square on New Year's Eve than in the shuk corridors or at the Western Wall. I have family at kibbutz Merom Golan on the Golan Heights, within a pistol-shot range of the Syrian border, and NO ONE walks around with weapons. My cousin is a teacher at Kiryat Shimonah, and no one at her school is armed. One cousin's daughter is a lieutenant colonel in the active reserve, and lives in Beershiva, within rocket range of Gaza (a rocket landed on her street during the recent conflict, breaking windows in her house) - and she and her husband (also active reserve) aren't walking around armed (their weapons are at a local mobilization site). After Wayne Lapierre's "call me crazy" speech, the Israeli government offered up to CNN a spokesperson that refuted the "entire country is armed" myth of American gun nuts. Of course, every Israeli cockpit it armed (American pilots have the option) - but NOT because of security issues in Israel. I'd be happy to see American as liberated of private guns as Israel (1/12th per capita). THAT, Mr. Crafts, is the truth about Israel - first hand, family. Not your fantasy. Your image of Israel is WAY out of date, a fantasy.
Old Saybrook Mel January 19, 2013 at 01:47 PM
So the readers of this page can see the truth about Israel vs. the USA and guns, please go to http://www.gunpolicy.org/firearms/region/israel You can compare Israel and the USA in every category - private gun ownership, gun deaths per 100,000, etc. And while I'm at it, let's blow up another NRA myth: More people killed by knives and blunt objects than guns. Like Mr, Craft's NRA fantasy, here are the FBI national crime statistics: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/tables/expanded-homicide-data-table-8 Please keep this all in mind as you hear the gun nuts frantically fight the response to the Sandy Hook slaughter. By the way, Newtown - you DO know that one of your citizens is on the board of directors of the NRA, don't you? Barbara A. Clark - see http://nrawinningteam.com/bios99/clark.html and http://nra.org/board/ So don't be surprised to see arguments against responsible firearm policy from locals. And when you see attacks against "I Promise" and others arguing against the President's proposals, consider that there are those with alternate agendas.
Nay January 21, 2013 at 07:12 AM
I feel so very sad for the 27 massacred that day, I won't forget any of them. But I think the BIGGEST issue is Mental Health and Health Care for those with Aspergers, including educating the public. Many parents have no help or don't know where to turn and some find a wall because so many don't understand them.. Aspergers is a separate issue from Mental Health, but many don't even realize that. Give these parents some guidance, some help, some knowledge. And don't allow the Gov. to detur us from this vital knowledge. It's only one aspect but this is important (because even without assault rifles there are other ways) Mental Health is a rising issue we need to face, before another attack.
Lisa January 21, 2013 at 12:26 PM
We will "spew" our so-called "prejudices" here for the same reason you are, and because you seem to think Newtown gets to speak for all of CT; and the nation. Well, you don't. I do not "promise" anything to anyone without facts and details.
Sam Mihailoff January 21, 2013 at 04:37 PM
my gun's bigger than your gun...Is this what it's all about??? The Sandy Hook Promise is a noble effort to accomplish one thing; it hopes to prevent future mass shootings...Yes, I PROMISE!!!
George January 21, 2013 at 05:32 PM
Nice job Mel


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