Seven Years Since Sandy Hook

Madison Mosher, Staff Writer

This December marks seven years since the Sandy Hook shooting. Twenty children and six staff members died at the elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut that day. The second graders would be in their first year of high school. Seven years have passed, but stricter gun control laws have not.

Ever since the infamous shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, states such as Colorado, Delaware, New York, Oregon and Washington have created more extent background checks for gun purchases. 

Sandy Hook Promise, a foundation helping the families and friends of the victims state, “Our intent is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation by providing programs and practices that protect children from gun violence.”

Nearly five million people have signed the Sandy Hook promise. They provide simple information like how to teach yourself the warning signs of violence. When you don’t know what to look for, it can be easy to miss signs. Informing schools on what to do when there is an active shooter can save lives. 

Signs to look for are the behavior of a potential shooter. Examples like showing no remorse, obsession with weapons, or acting violently overall.  The families of the Sandy Hook victims want everyone to know that the children and staff did not die in vain.