Save the Children has worked to ensure the safety and well-being of children around the world for nearly 100 years. We work with children all over the world who have been dramatically affected by war, crisis and violence. We believe that every child has the right to a safe and vibrant childhood. We applaud President Obama’s efforts to curb gun violence in the United States, and we join him and others in advocating for tighter laws, particularly around the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips.
We recognize that this is a complex issue requiring a comprehensive approach. We are working with the Administration and Congress to increase access to mental health services and begin a national conversation about the glorification of violence in our culture. It is urgent we come together as a nation to prevent more tragedies like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.
Immediately following the tragedy, Save the Children deployed staff members to help provide emotional support to children in Sandy Hook and the greater Newtown community. Within hours, we opened a Child Friendly Space, giving kids a safe place to play and express themselves while their parents and family members sought counseling and support. We also issued tips to help children cope with a crisis. Save the Children staff volunteers have served more than 300 children since arriving in Newtown, providing a cheerful place where kids can just be kids. But we can and will do more.
We call on the President and Congress to establish a National Commission on Children, which could include creating a national policy on children, setting goals for reducing violence towards children and for improving their safety, and monitoring progress. Save the Children is an organization that is dedicated to making the world a better place for children; that is our identity, our mission and we will not stand by and watch this happen again.
Click here to learn more about work to help the Newtown children, families and community affected by the recent tragedy and how we plan to ensure measures are taken to better protect our nation’s children: http://www.savethechildren.org/stand