Gun Violence Activists Rally In Miami As Part of ‘Wear Orange Weekend’

Gun Violence Activists Rally In Miami As Part of 'Wear Orange Weekend'

Relatives of shootings were among those who attended an annual gun awareness event in Miami on Saturday. Gun violence activists gathered in Miami this weekend as part of a national campaign to honor victims of shootings. Dressed in orange t-shirts and surrounded by orange wall decorations and balloons, relatives of shooting victims and local residents rallied on Saturday in Miami’s Design District. The annual event was organized by the Wear Orange campaign and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America , and featured singing, voter registration efforts and cries for more action to prevent shootings. It was one of many across the country for Wear Orange Weekend, part of a national movement raising awareness about gun violence. The campaign’s leaders say orange is symbolic because it’s what hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves from harm. Among the event’s speakers on Saturday was Manuel Oliver, whose son Joaquin was killed during the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Oliver noted that his son would have graduated from high school on Sunday and discussed what it’s like to lose a child to a shooting. "Do I really need to explain to you the price of not having your son in the house? Or having an empty room and not having your best friend and son that you were planning to hang out with the rest of your life and raise your grandkids?" he asked. The event drew local elected officials and gubernatorial candidates […]

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