Newtown parents launch anti-violence initiative
NEWTOWN, Connecticut (AP) - Parents of children slain in the Connecticut school massacre held photos of their sons and daughters, cried, hugged and spoke in quavering voices as they called for a national dialogue to help prevent similar tragedies.
The parents - members of the newly formed group Sandy Hook Promise - spoke out as politicians from Maine to New Mexico marked the one month that has passed since the shooting with renewed demands for tighter gun control.
"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," said Mrs Nicole Hockley, whose son Dylan was among the 20 elementary school students and six adults killed by a gunman a month ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The Sandy Hook group says it wants to have open-minded discussions about a range of issues, including guns, mental health and safety in schools and other public places. Several speakers said they did not believe there was a single solution.