Mark Barden, founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, will be joining the Sarasota County Brady chapter’s Gun Violence Prevention Forum on April 3.
Barden, whose 7-year-old son, Daniel, was killed during the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, created his organization with other parents to work for the prevention of gun-related deaths. In April 2013, he introduced President Barack Obama before a speech in the White House Rose Garden condemning the Senate for blocking a bill that would have expanded background checks for gun purchases.
“In the three years since those 26 precious lives were lost at that school, far too many more lives have been lost to gun tragedies in this country,” Barden said at the time. “Far too many people right now who are hearing these words are grieving the loss of a loved one to gun violence. As a nation, we have to do better. We are better. We’re better than this.”
Barden will join speakers Patti Brigham of the League of Women Voters Gun Safety Committee and Cristen Rescigno, another Barden family member, to discuss the ways we can reduce the senseless gun deaths that continue to plague our communities.

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