National Gun Violence Awareness Day: How You Can Get Involved

National Gun Violence Awareness Day: How You Can Get Involved

Image courtesy of Everytown for Gun Safety. Every day, 96 Americans are killed by gun violence , totaling more than 35,000 gun deaths per year. One in three people in the U.S. knows someone who has been shot and one in five U.S. teenagers (ages 14-17) report having witnessed a shooting. June 1 marks National Gun Violence Awareness Day. For some it’s just another day, but for others it’s a symbol of a loved one’s life or a fight for survival. For 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton ’s family, this weekend is part of the never-ending fight for a safer tomorrow. “She was our heart, but for some, she was a headline,” says Cleo Pendleton , mother of Hadiya, a Chicago high school student killed by gunfire at the age of 15. Cleo and Nate Pendleton currently serve on the advisory board of Everytown for Gun Safety and co-founded Hadiya’s Promise . The Wear Orange movement began with Pendleton’s classmates choosing to wear orange in her honor; the color of protection and now remembrance. Orange has become a vivid symbol of the gun violence movement. In discussing the meaning and history of the movement, Wear Orange salutes Erica Ford , New York gun violence prevention advocate, for dubbing orange as the color of peace through work with her organization, Life Camp, Inc . Hosted by Everytown for Gun Safety, Wear Orange Weekend kicks off on June 1 and continues through June 3. People, landmarks, and organizations show their support in different […]

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