Remembrance Day was proclaimed by US President Joe Biden exactly 10 years after the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School when a lone gunman killed 20 first graders and 6 educators at a school in Newtown, Connecticut. “Today, those first graders should be sitting in middle school classes – reads the document released by the White House – planning their high school graduation and all future possibilities. These educators should prepare lessons for new groups of students and enjoy a full life surrounded by their loved ones. Instead, their desks remained empty. “That horrible day – Biden continues – changed the life of every survivor, many of whom still carry physical and emotional wounds. And it has prompted all of us to reexamine our core values and whether this can be a country that protects the most innocent.”
The commitment to combat violence
Biden has pledged to crack down on so-called ghost guns and arms dealers. The President of the United States is pledging to help member states implement extreme hazard protection order laws and increase investment in community interventions to stop violence. “I’m also fighting to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines,” Biden said.
A new security movement
Biden said he was hopeful after seeing the courage and determination of Sandy Hook families who suffered unimaginable loss but turned their grief into purpose. For some, that has meant upholding gun safety laws to protect other families from experiencing the same pain. For others, it has meant starting foundations or programs that honor those who have lost. “Working with other families of victims of gun violence across America, they helped shape a new safety movement, one founded on a love for our children, unwavering resilience in the face of pain, and a deeply held dream for a better future,” concluded Biden.