Following the Sandy Hook School tragedy that claimed the lives of 26 people, Denyse Stoneback started a grassroots non-profit gun violence prevention organization in the north suburban communities of Chicago called People for a Safer Society.
She has been relentless as the driving force to stop the Board Of Trustees of Niles Illinois from granting a special use permit to a gun dealer who plans to open a gun shop in Niles less than 300 feet from two high schools and a private school for students struggling with emotional challenges.
Despite the outcry of the community and an intense effort by Denyse, the Trustees succumbed to pressure from the NRA and pro-gun extremists and on July 29, 2014 granted the special use permit. Refusing to stand by and watch this outrage unfold, on Oct 17, 2014, People for a Safer Society filed a lawsuit against the Village Board of Trustees.
The suit addresses, the Village Board’s decision to grant a special use permit to Sportsman’s Club gun shop and firing range. In its lawsuit, People for a Safer Society seeks to not only annul the permit, but to prohibit the village from granting a permit for any gun shop that wants to open on that piece of land. Initial motions will be heard in Court on June 11, 2015.
Denyse has also worked to encourage churches and places of worship to take proactive actions to prevent gun violence. She has advocated for improved legislation on the local, state, and federal levels. People for a Safer Society has partnered with many other organizations to help form a united front in the fight for common sense gun laws.
Denyse graduated from Marquette University with a B.A. in Criminology and Law Studies and Spanish and, while living in Spain for several years, obtained an M.A. in Translation from the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain.