‘Remembering America’s Gun Victims’: Daniel Barden (Sandy Hook, Connecticut)

‘Remembering America’s Gun Victims’: Daniel Barden (Sandy Hook, Connecticut)

Daniel Barden was fearless in his pursuit of happiness and life.

He was a budding athlete, a member of the swim team and an avid soccer player.

And he had earned his ripped jeans and two missing front teeth, his parents said.

“Words really cannot express what a special boy Daniel was. Such a light,” Mark and Jackie Barden wrote, recalling their son.

“Always smiling, unfailingly polite, incredibly affectionate, fair and so thoughtful towards others, imaginative in play, both intelligent and articulate in conversation: in all, a constant source of laughter and joy.”

Seven-year-old Daniel was in his grade one class at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012 when a gunman broke in and shot and killed him and 19 other children and six adults at the place.

Since Daniel’s death, Mark Barden has become co-founder and CEO of the Sandy Hook Promise Action Fund (SHPAF), which is dedicated to sparing families the pain of losing children to gun violence.

His 20-year-old daughter Natalie — who was 10 when her brother’s life was taken — has also turned into an advocate against gun violence. She and other young people fighting gun violence shared their thoughts with President Joe Biden at a forum in October 2022.

“As I saw more and more families shattered by gun violence, I made the difficult decision to start speaking out and joined a gun violence prevention club at school,” Natalie said in a post made in memory of her brother Daniel on the SHPAF site. “I forced myself to get even more involved, caring less about the pain it would cause me. I felt like if I didn’t, then more people were going to die.”

* Adapted from The Wall Street Journal’s tribute for Sandy Hook victims and Natalie Barden’s tribute to her brother Daniel on the Sandy Hook Promise Action Fund site.


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