David Cole Wheeler’s son Benjamin was one of twenty first-graders murdered on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Along with the six dedicated educators this was the worst grade-school mass shooting in American history. In sharing his journey of grief and his effort to make sense of a tragedy that by all measures seems senseless, Wheeler believes that only through understanding is it possible to find solutions that will help make our communities safer. Every year tens of thousands of family members lose loved ones to gun violence. Wheeler’s sharp and thoughtful analysis of vital questions concerning gun violence and mental health awareness points to the cultural and societal change that must be the driving force to protect future generations of children. The title of his presentation is “A Father’s Journey: A Personal View from Sandy Hook, Connecticut”.