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Bob Iger and Sandy Hook Benefit

Disney CEO Bob Iger Speaks Out About Gun Control

The former and now once-again current Walt Disney Company CEO, Bob Iger, recently spoke out about gun control at the Sandy Hook Promise Benefit.

Bob Iger has been back in office as Disney CEO for almost three weeks now after the former CEO Bob Chapek was removed from the company on November 20, 2022.

Iger has been busy working to bring back the magic at The Walt Disney Company, with the Disney fandom and Cast Members feeling a new sense of optimism with Iger’s return.

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We’ve already seen Iger’s impact on removing Chapek executives, implementing changes such as Disney Genie+ updates, and offering Disney Resort Hotel discounts. But, amidst getting comfortable again with The Walt Disney Company, Mr. Iger took time to speak on gun control.

On the evening of Tuesday, December 6, 2022, Disney CEO Bob Iger attended the Sandy Hook Promise Benefit in New York City.

The event was held “to commemorate the 10-Year Remembrance of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy and celebrate the life-saving impact of the “Know the Signs” violence prevention programs and policies.” Funds raised during the event help the national nonprofit organization to “empower millions of youth and adults to end school shootings and prevent violence.”

Sandy Hook Promise
Credit: Sandy Hook Promise

According to a report, former United States President Barak Obama and popular actor Matthew McConaughey were joined by Disney CEO Bob Iger to speak at the benefit for the 10th anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting, the deadliest mass shooting at an elementary school in U.S. history.

Many may remember that Sandy Hook was a tragic elementary school shooting that occurred on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut. The 20-year-old gunman, Adam Lanza, shot and killed 26 people before killing himself.

Iger took the stage and stated, “As a grandfather, as a father, as CEO of The Walt Disney Company, I believe there is no greater or more important task than ensuring the safety and well-being of our children. Those of us who are in positions to affect change, whether it’s by influencing laws of shaping culture or supporting organizations on the frontlines, I think we have an extra responsibility.”

Bob Iger
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Speeches were also given by Barak Obama as well as Matthew McConaughey stating, “I think it’s time that we start selling, evangelizing and celebrating prevention.”

Want to learn more about the Sandy Hook Promise?

“SHP envisions a future where all children are free from school shootings and other acts of violence. As a national nonprofit organization, SHP’s mission is to educate and empower youth and adults to prevent violence in schools, homes, and communities. Creators of the life-saving, evidence-informed “Know the Signs” prevention programs, SHP teaches the warning signs of someone who may be in crisis, socially isolated, or at-risk of hurting themselves or others and how to get help.”

“SHP also advances school safety, youth mental health, and responsible gun ownership at the state and federal levels through nonpartisan policy and partnerships. SHP is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.”

Learn more about the Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) via their website here.

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.