Category: US Politics / January 14, 2013 5:00 PM EST
Relatives and neighbors of children killed in last month's elementary school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, are joining forces in an initiative to help curb gun violence in America.
"On Friday, December 14th, I put two children on the bus and only one came home. I pray that no mother, father, grandparent or caregiver of children ever have to go through this pain," said Nelba Marquez-Greene, whose six-year-old daughter Ana Marquez-Greene was killed in the shooting.
One month after the shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead, the group called Sandy Hook Promise vowed at a press conference to transform public outrage over the shootings into action.
Named for Sandy Hook Elementary School where the shootings took place, the group pledged to hold debates on wide-ranging safety issues and come up with a plan of action.
"I do not want to be someone sharing my experience and consoling another parent next time. I do not want there to be a next time. The Sandy Hook Promise is the start of our change. It's a promise we make for our community but we need a nation of communities to join us in making and delivering these promises if we are going to achieve real transformation. I don't know yet what these changes are, I come with no preconceived agenda," said Nicole Hockley, whose 6-year-old son Dylan was also killed.
The killings plunged the rural New England town of 27,000 into grief along with much of the country and prompted President Barack Obama to form a task force headed by Vice President Joe Biden to find ways to curb gun violence.