Gone too soon

Mother of child killed at Sandy Hook writes emotional Op-Ed calling for gun control

US President Barack Obama hugs Nicole Hockley, the mother of Newtown shooting victim Dylan, after speaking on gun control on April 17, 2013 in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

“The honor of meeting a sitting president is numbed when the reason is that your 6-year-old child is dead, gunned down in his first-grade classroom.” Those are the powerful words of Nicole Hockley writing an Op-Ed for Politico in which she urges more action to curb gun violence. Hockley goes on to say that in her meeting with President Obama, she could sense that he was reacting as a parent first and president second. Hockley paints a bleak picture of life in the days and months following the tragedy at Sandy Hook in 2012, recalling how friends would have to drag her out of bed on some of the more difficult days. She also points out how nothing has changed since then, despite numerous other mass shootings, and echoes a call made by many that stricter gun control measures are a necessity. “I’ve made my life’s purpose, my promise to my angel, Dylan, and my remarkable surviving son, Jake, to fight until there’s not another Newtown, Aurora, Charleston, or Lafayette,” she wrote. Hillary Clinton shared Hockley’s story on her campaign’s official Twitter feed with her more than four million followers.

Read the full story at Politico.

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