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Families of massacre victims call for National Compassion Fund

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A memorial to victims of the Aurora theater murders. (Credit: David Harpe)

A memorial to victims of the Aurora theater murders. (Credit: David Harpe)

A memorial to victims of the Aurora theater murders. (Credit: David Harpe)

A memorial to victims of the Aurora theater murders. (Credit: David Harpe)

DENVER — The families of victims killed in the nation’s worst massacres — including Columbine High School and the Aurora theater shooting – want the government to establish a “National Compassion Fund” to ensure that funds donated in the wake of national disasters get to the people for whom they are intended.

Sixty-four family members connected to the killings at Newtown, Columbine, the World Trade Center towers, Virginia Tech, Northern Illinois University, Aurora and Oak Creek have created an online petition for their cause.

“The American public is incredibly giving when tragedy strikes,” the families said in a prepared statement released by spokesperson Caryn Kaufman. “They donate generously to provide relief to the victims’ families. Going back to Oklahoma City, we’ve seen families who have had to endure not only horrific loss but also the unimaginable task of wrestling with byzantine non-profit bureaucracies to access financial relief intended for them. It’s time to stop the madness. We cannot watch this happen, yet again, in Sandy Hook.”

Per a new White House program, if the petition garners 100,000 signatures, a member of the Obama administration will publicly address the request.

The petition can be signed here.