Sandy Hook Promise
Activists from Newtown, Conn., where 26 people were fatally shot last December, are headed to Washington to again lobby for gun control a day after 12 people were killed in a shooting rampage in the capital.
Two mothers whose children survived the attack came up with the idea after each had their nails painted green at a local salon as a way to cope with their grief.
The president said “we can’t forget” the tragedy of the Newtown massacre last December that left 26 dead. Obama also applauded parents of victims, who he said “used the grief to make a difference.”
The White House said President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will be joined by children who wrote the president letters after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
Sandy Hook Promise, formerly known as Newtown United, announced an initiative aimed at preventing future violent tragedies by calling for a national dialogue and action on gun control, mental health care and public safety.