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January 15, 2013

Newtown Families Launch Nonprofit Aimed at Gun Violence

Families in Newtown, Conn., including several that lost children in last month's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, have formed a nonprofit organization to advocate for policies to deter similar tragedies, according to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

The Sandy Hook Promise will seek a national dialogue on issues of mental health, school safety, and "gun responsibility." The new group will encompass both a lobbying arm and a foundation to raise money for victims' families, survivors, and emergency workers.

Tom Bittman, the group's co-founder, said many of its members are gun owners who hunt, target shoot, and "protect our homes." "We’re not afraid of a national conversation in our community and in Congress about responsibility and accountability," he said.