All posts tagged: Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting

Shattered Lives, Donna R. Gore, LadyJustice,ImaginePublicity

Shattered Lives: Bill Jenkins Talks About a Victim’s Perspective on Gun Control

  Listen to Shattered Lives Radio   In the wake of mass tragedies attributed to guns like Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, the Aurora, CO theater shooting, and the infamous Columbine, gun control has become one of the hot button topics in every home in the US. Shattered Lives Radio highlights Bill Jenkins and his personal commentary about gun control and how a man with a gun changed his life forever. In 1997 Bill Jenkins’ son, William Benjamin Jenkins, was murdered at the fast food restaurant where he held his first real job. A shooter with an extensive criminal background, and a gun, took the life of the 16-year-old on his second day of work. Jenkins feels that had the 23-year-old shooter not had access to the .380 semi-automatic handgun, he would not have had the wherewithal to commit the robbery and subsequent murder of his son. Since this tragedy, Bill Jenkins has been a strong voice for gun control, often going up against those who are passionate about gun ownership rights in the US. He’s also a …

Attorney Michelle S. Cruz, ImaginePublicity

Attorney Michelle Cruz Keynote Speaker at NCVAN Training Conference in North Carolina

Attendees of the annual North Carolina Victim Assistance Network Conference will learn about the key elements to responding to mass victimization from keynote speaker, Attorney Michelle S. Cruz and her presentation, “Victim Services and Needs in Mass Tragedies.” In our time we have seen numerous mass tragedies occur, in our cities, in our schools, movie theaters, they can happen anywhere at any time, killing and injuring hundreds or thousands very quickly.  How we respond to the needs of the victims in these catastrophes is paramount to their healing and ability to overcome the trauma endured. Attorney Michelle Cruz was the State Victim Advocate of Connecticut at the time of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting where 26 people, 20 of whom were children, lost their lives.  The  response of her office for the surviving victims and families was to gather information and compile data from agencies across the country and funnel volunteers to help the victims. Unfortunately, her tenure in office expired before being able to insure that donated funds for the victims’ families were properly disbursed. Cruz …