Dear Members of Congress,
We are writing to urge action to prevent another tragedy like Newtown and to encourage meaningful dialogue about how we can, in the words of the President, “protect our most precious resource, our children.”
As leaders of Boston Children’s Museum we are dedicated to the education, health and wellbeing of our children, and deplore the toll of violence on children and their families, be it from tragedies like Newtown or the daily violence witnessed in urban neighborhoods.
We know that these experiences of violence have deep and long lasting effects not only on those who have lost a loved one, but also on their extended families, neighbors and entire community. For children who witness violence first hand, the effects can impede their cognitive and emotional development; interrupting their ability to learn, grow and thrive.
We applaud your efforts to address this critical issue with urgency. We understand that a solution will require us to work across the aisle on many issues including gun control, increasing access to mental health resources, and the reining in of violence in our culture at large.
But we agree that now is the time. This most recent tragedy perpetrated on children and teachers must energize us to act now in the defense of those who are unable to defend themselves.
We pledge our support to you in the challenging days ahead as we as a nation work together to protect our citizens from those individuals who, armed and angry, will rob us of that which is most precious to us: our innocent children and loved ones, our pride, our dignity and our soul.
President and CEO, Boston Children’s Museum
Michael Yogman, M.D.
Chairman of the Board, Boston Children’s Museum