Should a Nation of Many Mass Murders Create a “National Compassion Fund”?


Anticipating that more mass murders will rock the nation, 64 parents and other surviving family members of those killed in the nation’s worst incidents are calling for creation of a “National Compassion Fund” to channel 100 percent of donations directly and immediately to victims, reports the Denver Post. Some families of those murdered in Columbine high School, Virginia Tech, Northern Illinois University, Aurora, Oak Creek Sikh Temple, Sandy Hook, and 9-11 propose the federal government establish a protocol for setting up a fund that could be activated without delay or confusion for each new incident of mass murder. They say the system would assure that tax-deductible donations from the public and corporations are not scattered among different funds, disbursed to nonprofit intermediaries, or lost to illicit parties. The group said a disturbing trend has emerged in the wake of mass murders: the withholding of donations from the survivors and victims’ families by the nonprofits and other groups who collect money in the names of those slain and injured. They group says the delays and red tape in releasing donations add to the suffering and anxiety of victims already in shock and grieving.

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