It's been nearly two years since I lost my wife Mary, a dedicated school psychologist and one of the six educators taken from us – in one unthinkable moment – at Sandy Hook Elementary.
While dealing with our loss of Mary never gets easier, I've found great strength in my work to honor her memory by prioritizing mental wellness. And as today is World Mental Health Day, I'm hoping you'll join me in acknowledging not only my late wife's lifetime work, but also the work we all still need to do as a country and as a society to stop scapegoating mental illness and bring more attention to mental wellness.
We are heartbroken to learn that a shooting near Gainesville, Florida has left a women and her six children dead. Please join us in keeping the victims and their family members in our prayers.
"One year ago, 12 Americans went to work to protect and strengthen the country they loved," said President Barack Obama. "Today, we must do the same -- rejecting atrocities like these as the new normal and renewing our call for common-sense reforms that respect our traditions while reducing the gun violence that shatters too many American families every day."
"He was going to school. That says a lot," said Akron resident Kim Moore.
One year after the tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard that claimed 12 lives and left three others injured, we stand in mourning with the family and friends of the victims.
One Newtown resident joined the National Rifle Association after 26 neighbors were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in an attempt to better understand the organization that controls the gun debate.
"Since its passage, VAWA has been a staggering success in making our communities safer. Annual rates of domestic violence have dropped by more than half. The law has saved lives and kept guns out of the hands of countless domestic abusers."