The families of several children killed in the Newtown, Conn., massacre in December joined technology and political leaders in San Francisco today to mark the three-month anniversary of the shooting and announce an initiative to prevent future gun violence.
The Sandy Hook Promise Innovation Initiative, named after the elementary school where 20 students and six adults were killed on Dec. 14, will use money from venture capitalists to invest in new innovations in gun safety, mental health research and school safety.
Ron Conway, a Silicon Valley angel investor, said the tech community is holding an "innovation challenge" that will provide incentives for people to come up with ideas to prevent gun violence.
"We are just getting started," Conway said. "This effort will be a marathon, not a sprint, and we are very determined."
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said he is determined to reduce gun violence legislatively, noting that on Wednesday he signed into law two ordinances banning possession of hollow-point ammunition in the city and requiring businesses to notify police if 500 rounds of ammunition are sold in one purchase.
"Even if there's a remote possibility of preventing another tragedy, we are morally bound to do so," Lee said.
Three families whose children were killed in the shooting attended this morning's news conference at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco to announce the initiative.
Barden said, "There's no simple answer to this ... but we're going to work together to make the world safer."
Sandy Hook Promise is an organization founded by friends and neighbors in Newtown after the shooting.
More information about the organization and the innovation initiative can be found online at www.sandyhookpromise.org.
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