I was apathetic about gun violence — until my 6-year-old son was killed

I was apathetic about gun violence -- until my 6-year-old son was killed

Nicole Hockley and her son, Dylan, who was killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. Nicole Hockley is co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise , and the mother of Dylan, who was killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. The views expressed here are her own. View more opinion on CNN. (CNN)For a few days, the news focuses on coverage of whatever the most recent shooting is and the devastation it caused the families and communities. But like with most horrific stories, the majority of people will move on with their lives, unaware (or disbelieving) that the same violence could happen in their own community — and in so many communities every single day. It’s this sense of apathy that has allowed federal lawmakers to avoid passing meaningful gun safety reform. Nicole Hockley It’s not until another mass shooting that the cycle happens again. We offer our prayers and thoughts. We demand action and then argue over the proposed solutions. There are news stories, sadness, and anger that underlie an outcry for change … but then we move on. And I was just as guilty as anyone else. I was ironing some clothes when the news broke in July 2012 that a dozen people had been murdered in a mass shooting at an Aurora movie theater . My heart broke for the families, but after a few days, I also moved on, not seeing the far-reaching impact that gun violence had on our society. As […]

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