On 3rd anniversary of Parkland capturing, messages of support from Newtown

“Nobody should ever experience the pain you are going through. In honor of your loved one, we promise never to stop taking action to prevent another tragedy from happening.”

NEWTOWN, Conn. The grief reverberated across the country on Sunday as Americans in a Florida ward recalled the 17 lives lost in the Parkland School massacre three years ago. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis ordered that flags be lowered to half the staff across the state from sunrise to sunset in honor of those who were killed while a former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas with a on Valentine’s Day 2018 AR-15 rifle opened fire on campus.

And messages of support have been sent from one of the few communities that can truly understand this traumatic event: Newtown, Connecticut.

A little over eight years ago, twenty children and six educators were shot dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Sandy Hook Promise and Newtown Action Alliance, two nonprofits that were formed after the tragedy, today celebrated the Parkland Anniversary.

Sandy Hook Promise posted a link on their website that allows users to send messages to Parkland families:

From the entire Sandy Hook Promise community, our hearts are with you and your family today and always. Nobody should ever have to experience the pain you are going through. In honor of your loved one, we promise never to stop taking action to prevent another tragedy and ensure that no other family needs to know what it is like to lose a loved one to gun violence.

The Newtown Action Alliance posted this news on their social media accounts:

3 years ago today a shooter with an AR15 killed / injured 34 students / educators in parkland. Our hearts go out to all families / friends who were affected by the shootings. We urge everyone to support the incredible activists and organizations fighting for #EndGunViolence.

University of Connecticut spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz recalled Alex Schachter, a parkland victim who wanted to attend UConn.

Please take a moment today to honor Alex Schachter and everyone who died in the #parkland shootings 3 years ago today. Alex would have prepared to join #UConn this fall as a newbie and @UConnBand member. He will always be a beloved husky to us. #MSDStrong #UConnNation

– Stephanie Reitz (@ReitzTweets) February 14, 2021

President Joe Biden took the opportunity to call on Congress to strengthen gun laws, including calling for background checks on all gun sales and a ban on offensive weapons. The president said there was no time to wait, which Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) confirms.

The bill for universal background checks is ready to be introduced, Mr President. It is backed by 90% of Americans and will save thousands of lives. Let’s pull it off. https://t.co/SnwJlUChK8

– Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) February 14, 2021

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