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Sandy Hook Promise releases statement on White House gun violence proposal

Organization provides programs and practices that protect children from gun violence.

NEWTOWN, Conn. — Sandy Hook Promise on Monday released a statement President Donald Trump’s proposals to address gun violence.

These proposals come after the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and the other 17 school shootings that have happened in this country since Jan.1. The statement is more than than five years after a 20-year-old gunman killed 27 people, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School Dec. 14, 2012.

Sandy Hook Promise participated in the Feb. 21 listening session with the President and Vice President and urged action on Extreme Risk Protection Orders, the STOP School Violence Act (H.R. 4909 and S. 2495), and stronger and universal background checks.

“We welcome the President’s support for a multi-prong approach to gun violence prevention and urge his continued leadership to see his proposals on Extreme Risk Protection Orders, the STOP School Violence Act, and the Fix NICS Act signed into law,” the statement reads.

The statement continues: “As the President proposes in his plan, we believe we must ensure that all of our students and school systems are trained to know the signs of violence and report it through the STOP School Violence Act, and all families and law enforcement must have access to Extreme Risk Protection Orders to ensure they can intervene when they learn someone is threat to self or others to prevent gun violence before it happens. We agree that Know the Signs training and ERPOs should be implemented across every state immediately.”

Officials say Trump’s plan shows there is room for common ground, although the group disagrees with the White House on some gun policies. One of president’s proposals Sandy Hook Promise disagrees with is to arm teachers. Spokesmen say doing so would only bring more guns into American schools and fortress the facilities like prisons. N.