On June 17, hearts across the nation were broken once again as nine worshippers were shot during their prayer group at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. But as Nicole Hockley expressed in her Washington Post article, broken hearts do not make change and we need to do more to prevent future tragedies.
Compounding the sadness we at Sandy Hook Promise felt, was a statement made by the shooter's roommate on ABC News – that the shooter had been "planning something like that for six months." This sort of statement is the exact reason why we have created the Say Something program.
While we know programs and legislation cannot prevent all tragedies, we are certain they can prevent some.
We would do anything to turn back the clock – but we can't. We can only change what happens next. At Sandy Hook Promise, we want what happens nest to be action – prevention.
We mourn for the victims, their families and the community of Charleston. We know their pain all too well. And, with your support, we continue our commitment – our Promise – to their children, our children and your children – to stop these tragedies from happening.