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There's Always Time for Empathy, Governor Christie

Suzy Hayman DeYoung | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Suzy Hayman DeYoung

A grieving parent makes a respectful effort to initiate such change, or at least to establish a healthy dialogue, and they are reproached by a prominent politician for their "grandstanding."

A New Model for Community Action

Rachael Chong | Posted 03.08.2014 | Impact
Rachael Chong

The Sandy Hook Promise nonprofit looks to the local community, technology, and innovation to develop a national movement for preventing gun violence. ...

What Are We Doing About Gun Violence?

Rachael Chong | Posted 03.04.2014 | Impact
Rachael Chong

With every horrific story of gun violence, we vow to amend gun laws so that they require universal background checks and ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Then, as the news coverage fades, so does our attention.

Dreams Came True in 2013

Janine Francolini | Posted 03.02.2014 | Impact
Janine Francolini

The grace of the families of Newtown who recently met with Vice President Biden to advocate for better mental health treatments has taken our breath away as they pave the way toward unconditional love as a nation.

Emotional Newtown Parent Videos Will Touch Your Heart

Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

Parents who lost children in the Newtown shooting are sharing poignant memories as part of a new advocacy initiative. In the videos below for Pare...

Our Year of Living Dangerously

Michael J. Tansey | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics
Michael J. Tansey

The American public must remember, not only the horror of the massacre a year ago, but the no-votes from corrupt senators who flagrantly betrayed their constituents.

After Newtown Tragedy, Honoring My Son With Conversation

Mark Barden | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
Mark Barden

The young man that stormed Sandy Hook School that cold December morning last year was the kid that sat alone at the lunch table. I can't help but wonder if someone, anyone, had gone over to him and asked: "Would you like to join us?"

Lisa Belkin

One Year After Sandy Hook, Newtown Families Have Just Begun Emotional Marathon

HuffingtonPost.com | Lisa Belkin | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents

A year ago, Mark Barden hadn’t really thought about his views on gun violence. Alissa Parker did not yet know she was a writer. Nicole Hockley spent...

Finding Common Ground on Sandy Hook Anniversary

Deborah Stambler | Posted 02.09.2014 | Impact
Deborah Stambler

I've struggled to find ways to discuss the issue of gun violence and gun control with friends and family members who have equally strong, but opposing views on the issue. I know I'm not alone in this.

Christina Wilkie

Newtown Pleads For Privacy Ahead Of Sandy Hook Anniversary

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the one-year anniversary approaches for the murders of 26 students and educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., m...

Sandy Hook Sage: With Pain Comes Wisdom

Lori J. Bertman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Lori J. Bertman

Sandy Hook Promise is bringing families to the table, and inviting everyone to take part in a nonpartisan conversation.

Screaming for One Direction

Bob McKinnon | Posted 10.26.2013 | Impact
Bob McKinnon

Caring is not a feeling it is an action. If we care about school safety, we need to move beyond hoping for it when we drop off our kids and towards acting upon it every day after we do.

Shooting It All in Las Vegas

Michael Winship | Posted 08.25.2013 | Politics
Michael Winship

Solving gun violence should be a primary goal of law enforcement but government departments remain hamstringed by budget cuts and hiring freezes, not to mention the relentless bigfooting of the NRA, firearms manufacturers and the rest of the gun lobby.

We Can Do Better

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Every three days guns kill more than 20 children and teens, enough to fill a school classroom. We have likely had the equivalent of 67 Newtowns in the numbers of child deaths since December 14.

Gun Violence in America: The Continuing Tragedy

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 08.10.2013 | Politics
Robert L. Cavnar

Because apparently this tragic shooting did not involve enough victims, the news media gave it ho-hum coverage, I guess because this kind of mass murder is just so everyday, these days.

In Our Sights

Jim Worth | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Jim Worth

Until we become smart enough to recognize what other civilized countries have found -- that stricter gun control saves lives -- we're destined to repeat the tragedies of Newtown, Aurora, Tucson, and Virginia Tech again and again and again.

Sandy Hook Promise: There Will Be Change

Bill Moyers | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Francine and David moved from New York City to Newtown to raise a family somewhere safe. They could never have imagined that in that quiet place on a Friday morning, just days before Christmas, gunfire would take their younger son's life.

Christina Wilkie

Sandy Hook Families Avoid Top GOP Senator

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The lobbying firm representing Sandy Hook families in the nation's capital this week to pressure lawmakers on gun control has avoided sc...

Rather Than Stay Divided by the NRA, How Do We Build Bridges to Reduce Gun Violence?

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

There he goes again -- NRA chief Wayne LaPierre served up fear mongering rhetoric designed to divide Americans into keeping the status quo rather than building bridges to reduce gun violence in our communities.

Please Don't Hurry Them Along

Carissa K | Posted 05.05.2013 | Parents
Carissa K

For me, life is still forever defined by The Before and The After, as I suspect it may be for the grieving families in Connecticut.

Christina Wilkie

Two Months After Sandy Hook Shootings, Newtown Tries To Move Forward

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The streets of this picturesque New England town were quiet on a recent Monday afternoon. At 12 Dickenson Drive, six orange traff...

Group Focuses On Stronger Community To Help Newtown Heal

AP | PAT EATON-ROBB | Posted 04.19.2013 | Impact

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Ian and Nicole Hockley lived across the street from Adam Lanza, but they never got to know him or his family before the 20-year-old ...

A Promise to Change Starts with Disarming the Debate

Miranda Pacchiana | Posted 03.26.2013 | Impact
Miranda Pacchiana

Violence and anger are the products of fear, and we won't convince people to stop stockpiling deadly weapons until they understand that they already have power, because their voices are being heard and their fellow citizens and elected officials are not against them.

Gun Control Is STILL A Parenting Issue

Lisa Belkin | Posted 01.16.2013 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

Just as it is becoming clearer that this might be the start of real change, it is also clear what is making it so: this one is about parents and children.

An Anthem for Sandy Hook

Gerit Quealy | Posted 03.18.2013 | Impact
Gerit Quealy

Sitting at the services for Ben Wheeler, I and all of the close friends of David and Francine and Nate Wheeler wondered, how do we carry them? And not just us, the whole town, the whole country and the world was struck to the heart's core by this act of brutality.