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Sandy Hook parents start speaking out

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Huffington Post, January 14, 2012, Sandy Hook Promise: Group Launches Anti-Violence Initiative

    "NEWTOWN, Conn. — Parents of children slain in the Connecticut school massacre held photos of their sons and daughters, cried, hugged and spoke in quavering voices as they called for a national dialogue to help prevent similar tragedies.

    "The Sandy Hook group says it wants to have open-minded discussions about a range of issues, including guns, mental health and safety in schools and other public places. Several speakers said they did not believe there was a single solution.

    ""We want the Sandy Hook school shootings to be recalled as the turning point where we brought our community and communities across the nation together and set a real course for change," said group co-founder Tom Bittman."

    If you want to sign the Sandy Hook Promise, go to this link. It has a simple message:

    I Promise to honor the 26 lives lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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

    Some parents are speaking out individually. Rachel Maddow interviewed David and Francine Wheeler, the parents of Ben Wheeler, one of the first graders killled. It was a touching interview worth hate...just a lasting love for their child and what they plan to do to keep his memory alive.