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Sandy Hook Victims' Parents Bring Campaign To DE Legislators

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DOVER, Del. - It's been just over a year since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, but for some of the victims' families, the push to make sure it never happens again is just beginning.

Mark Barden, father of one victim, seven-year-old Daniel, and Nicole Hockey, mother of six-year-old Dillon, made the trip to Delaware on Tuesday to ask legislators to reconsider House Bill 88.

The bill, unveiled by Attorney General Beau Biden and various leaders from the state's medical community last year, creates a responsibility for mental health professionals to notify law enforcement if, in their professional opinion, they believe a patient is a danger to themselves or others. Once a report is made to law enforcement, if an investigation substantiates the threat, a referral will reportedly be made to Biden's office, which could file a petition with the Court. Then if a judge agrees that the individual is a danger to themselves or others, officials say they would be added to the persons prohibited list for possessing or owning guns that is shared with the national background check system. However, the bill was defeated by the senate in June.

Now, through "Power Together," a national grassroots campaign to educate and empower parents to prevent gun violence in their communities, Barden and Hockey hope to prevent future tragedies.

"Mark and I find our work as part of our therapy in terms of finding our way through this. This is how we honor our children, this is the way we honor everyone who has lost someone to gun violence to ensure that no other parent has to go through this," says Hockey."

For more information on the campaign, visit the Sandy Hook Promise website.

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