New York, NY (December 14, 2017) – As the country marks the fifth anniversary of the tragic Sandy Hook shooting, NowThis released a special retrospective that takes a closer look at the tragedy and its aftermath. Sandy Hook: Five Years After, available now on NowThis’ Facebook page, focuses on residents of the town and survivors of the tragedy who have mobilized in the fight for gun safety and become actively involved in affecting policy and societal change.
Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn); Yvonne Cech, former librarian at Sandy Hook Elementary; Mark Barden, parent of 1st grade victim and co-founder of Sandy Hook Promise; Ashley Cech, of Everytown for Gun Safety; and Zoe Velush-Rogers, family friend of one of the victims offer their thoughts on a path forward.
Mark Barden (Sandy Hook Promise), whose son Daniel Barden died in the Sandy Hook shooting, reflects in the video that "every one person, every one voice, every one conversation makes a difference. That's how this works. And that's how you change the culture."
"Over the last four years, we have been gaining political power. We have been getting stronger as a movement every single day." Sen. Chris Murphy stated. He continued, "there have been state laws that have changed, there have been referendums that have passed, there have been anti-gun violence champions that have been elected to state legislatures and to congress, there have been organizations that have started that didn’t exist prior to Sandy Hook."
Ashley Cech (Everytown Survivors Network) reinforced Sen. Murphy’s point, urging viewers, "whenever you hear about a latest shooting, instead of having that be something that discourages you, use that to motivate you, and use that to call your representatives and call your elected officials, and join your local Moms Demand Action chapter, and get motivated and work and be part of the solution to ending gun violence."
Sandy Hook: Five Years After is part of the larger, original NowThis Reports series, which focuses on a wide range of topics affecting young people and communities around the world. The documentary short can be viewed HERE or by clicking the photo above. Sandy Hook: Five Years After can also be found on YouTube HERE. Visit Sandy Hook Promise and Everytown for Gun Safety to learn more about these organizations.
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