My mom, Dawn Hochsprung, was the principal at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  She was murdered almost a year ago today, and there’s nothing anyone can do to bring her back.As painful as this anniversary is, I’m also grateful to have joined this movement of millions of Americans like you who are standing up for common-sense gun laws.  And I want to take a moment to thank you for your commitment to passing stronger gun laws so others don’t have to experience what my family has been through.Today, I’m changing my profile picture to the image below. It’s a show of solidarity with supporters around the country, and it will remind our friends and families that we’re serious about making meaningful changes to our nation’s broken gun laws.Please join me, and stand with supporters around the country by updating your profile picture on Facebook and Twitter:

To download a copy of the above image, click here. If you’re not on Facebook or Twitter, sign up to attend a No More Silence remembrance event here.

It’s because of people like you that we’ve seen so much progress on this issue in the last year.  But this fight isn’t over, and changing your Facebook photo is a simple way to show your friends and family that you’re in it for the long haul.

Change your profile photo –  for the 26 children and educators, including my mom, who were killed one year ago, and for the 33 Americans who are murdered with guns every single day:

And if you ever feel disheartened by the politics in Washington around this issue, think of my mom and all the people we’re doing this for. We can’t give up before we pass the common-sense laws that will make us all safer.

Thank you,

Erica Lafferty

my daughter Lauren

It’s been almost one year since my daughter Lauren was killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Lauren had an amazing smile that just lit up the room. She loved kids, and she died doing what she loved — teaching first graders. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about her and how much I miss her.
Nothing will ever bring back the 26 children and educators who were murdered that day, including my beautiful daughter. But with 26 more school shootings in this country in the past year, I know that we need more than a moment of silence.
Please watch this powerful message today, and make a donation to keep it on the air.

This ad has already gotten lots of attention in the media, from MSNBC to USA Today,, and the Huffington Post. But we want to make sure that as many people as possible see it — and we’ll need your help to keep it on the air.
Please make a donation today and help us keep the ad on the air:
Thanks for doing this,
Gilles Rousseau Mayors Against Illegal Guns

Newtown anniversary ad:

It’s been almost one year since Newtown.People across the country will be observing a moment of silence for the 20 children and 6 adults who were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary. But with 26 more school shootings in the past year, is silence what America really needs right now?

Watch our powerful new TV ad and make a donation of $26 or more to help put it on the air:

We need this message to be seen everywhere — because even though we’ve seen a lot of success in states around the country this year, Congress still hasn’t enacted common-sense laws that would prevent gun violence and save lives.

We can’t let another moment of silence pass by without meaningful action that will keep our communities safe.

Please watch our Newtown anniversary ad and make a donation of $26 or more today:

Thank you for helping us share this message.

Mark Glaze
Mayors Against Illegal Guns