2. SOUNDBITE (English) Bill Sherlach, lost wife Mary in Sandy Hook school shooting:
"They're in a very dark place right now, it's very difficult and it stays dark for a while and the darkness varies. It will be different factors over time. The one thing I will tell them that I learned from my ordeal is to keep their finish lines short. It might be an hour, it might be just waking up. Eventually they may be able to get to lunchtime. You need to set your goal posts, you need to set your finish line where you can see them and where they're obtainable."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Bill Sherlach, lost wife Mary in Sandy Hook school shooting:
"It's empowering kids, empowering teachers, faith leaders, community leaders to recognize the signs of this at risk behavior. It's calling your legislators to look at it state by state, what we would call extreme risk protection orders where if someone's having a problem, is it time to at least temporarily take the guns away from them until such time that they're deemed that that assessment no longer exists. Not violating their Second Amendment, but just saying look we need a time out here where we need to assess just where someone is."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Bill Sherlach, lost wife Mary in Sandy Hook school shooting:
"If people are interested in learning how to recognize the signs and getting involved in a program that can actually make a difference, doesn't have to rely on legislation, doesn't have to go to the Capitol doesn't have to go to Washington. They should look up and contact Sandy Hook Promise. Their website, sandyhookpromise.org, we're basically providing school districts, at no charge to the school district, the ability to implement these programs where we can hopefully keep things like this from happening again."
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Bill Sherlach, lost wife Mary in Sandy Hook school shooting:
"I lost my wife. I was fortunate enough to know her for 36 years and three days actually. I have no idea how I would cope with losing a child. And I think that's the tough part, is snuffing out a life before it's even, you know anywhere near what it's capable of being."
As the nation deals with the 18th school shooting of the year, the widower of a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting says the Parkland, Florida families who lost loved ones are probably "in a very dark place right now."
Bill Sherlach lost his wife, Mary who was the school psychologist in the Newtown, Conn school that attacked by 20-year-old gunman Adam Lanza. The Dec. 14, 2012, assault killed 26 people: 20 first-graders and six staff members.
Sherlach, a board member of Sandy Hook Promise, an organization that aims to prevent gun violence, says the solution lies in empowering people to recognize the signs of at-risk behavior and pushing for legislation that will identify individuals whose possession of firearms should be called into question.
"Not violating their Second Amendment," Sherlach says, "but just saying look we need a time out here where we need to assess just where someone is."
Nikolas Cruz, the suspect in the Parkland, Fla. shooting, legally purchased the AR-15 rifle used in the assault at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.
Students at the school say they had been wary of Cruz's mental state and knew he was fond of guns.