Last December 14, I posted one of my Lacer/actions image to remember staff (6) and children (20) killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. It was a personal and silencious way to make memory of the victims and inviting to take actions about reducing gun violence. But now the silence is not enough…
Yesterday I received this moving letter from Erica Lafferty whose mom Dawn was the principal at Sandy Hook School: she was shot and killed.
My mom, Dawn Hochsprung, was the principal at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Six months ago today, she was shot and killed in her school, along with five of her coworkers and 20 of her students.
In the weeks and months after that horrible day, lawmakers from across the country told us, the families of the victims, that they’d take action to make our communities safer. What we found out is that, for some of our members of Congress, those were empty promises.
And in those six months, thousands more people have been killed by guns. I’ve been doing everything I can to reach out to members of Congress. But my voice isn’t enough. Today, on the six-month anniversary of Newtown, every single person who cares about reducing gun violence in America needs to recommit to this fight.
More than 1.4 million Americans have said they’re with us in the fight to reduce gun violence. Add your name today.
In her last minutes, Mom was just as brave and caring as I knew her to be. After telling everyone to hide, she went running into the hallway, saw the gunman, yelled and lunged at him in an effort to protect the school she loved.
I miss her every second of every day. I’m getting married in just a few weeks — to a guy she was rooting for, in a dress we picked out together – but because a dangerous man got his hands on a gun, my mom won’t be there to see it.
I’m still grieving — and I’m not alone. On average, 33 Americans are killed by a gun every single day. That’s 33 new families a day who mourn like I do.
If a background check saves even one life, and keeps even one family from hurting like this, then this fight will all be worth it. I think my mom would like to know that the tragedy that fell on Newtown meant that another tragedy could be stopped before it even started.
I’m asking you to join me today, six months after that horrible day, to keep this fight going — take action for my mom, Dawn, and the 25 other people who we lost in December.