National Compassion Funds proposed to assist victims of future tragedies

A coalition of 64 individuals who had family members killed or endangered by school shootings and other mass murders have banded together to call for the creation of National Compassion Funds to assist victims of future disasters.
by Randy Ellis Published: March 26, 2013
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Asking for creation of National Compassion Funds are some family members of individuals killed in the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting; the July 20 theater massacre in Aurora, Colo.; April 20, 1999, Columbine High School mass shooting; Aug. 5 Oak Creek Sikh Temple mass shooting; April 16, 2007, Virginia Tech mass shooting; Feb. 14, 2008, Northern Illinois University shooting; and Sept. 11, 2001, New York terrorists' attack.

Oklahoma City bombing

Although there were no names of survivors of the April 19, 1995, Oklahoma City bombing on the list of 64 calling for creation of the funds, some told The Oklahoman they support the concept.

“It sounds like a good idea,” said Gloria Chipman, who lost her husband in the bombing. “But you've got to know the details.”

“That's a great idea,” agreed Jim Denny, whose son, Brandon, and daughter, Rebecca, were severely injured in the bombing.

Denny said he had no personal problem with the way local charitable organizations handled bombing donations but believes creation of such compassion funds would be reassuring to donors.

“People anymore, after everything that has gone on around the world and the United States, are just kind of tired of sending a check in an envelope to somebody and hoping it gets to the right place,” he said.

Like Chipman, Denny said he would want to know all the details about the proposed funds before offering a complete endorsement.

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by Randy Ellis
Capitol Bureau Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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That's a great idea. People anymore, after everything that has gone on around the world and the United States, are just kind of tired of sending a check in an envelope to somebody and hoping it gets to the right place.”

Jim Denny,
His son, Brandon, and daughter, Rebecca, were severely injured

in the Oklahoma City bombing

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