A month after the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, Nelba Marquez-Greene, mother of 6-year-old victim Ana Marquez-Greene, is asking the country to make a promise – that such a massacre is never repeated.
“On Friday December 14, I put two children in a bus and only one came home,” said Marquez-Greene in a press conference announcing the creation of the nonprofit organization, Sandy Hook Promise. “I pray that no mother, father, grandparent or caregiver of children ever have to go through this pain.”
The organization, that includes surviving parents affected by the massacre and local residents, urged the country for a civil dialogue focused on gun control, mental health care and school security.
“We are proposing that the hearts and minds of the people here and in Puerto Rico be one to have a conversation for peace,” explained Marquez-Greene in an interview with Telemundo.
Program officials say it’s too soon to take sides on the nation’s debate over gun control; however they ask that the conversation be brought to the forefront.
“At this moment we are not prepared to take a stance but this is the first day,” says Marquez-Greene. “There will be other days with other announcements and we should be prepared.”
The program also seeks to help affected families with the resources and financial needs as they move forward.