State Representatives mark first Friday of June as National Gun Violence Awareness Day

State Representatives mark first Friday of June as National Gun Violence Awareness Day

Gun Rights

A group of organizations against gun violence met with legislators at the Statehouse today and celebrated their accomplishments. A resolution passed by state representatives marked the first Friday of June as National Gun Violence Awareness Day. But anti-gun advocates are celebrating a day early. Members of Everytown and Moms Demand Action met with legislators on Thursday outside the House Chamber to thank them for the work they’ve done to reduce gun violence. Anne Thalheimer of Holyoke said, “Aaron Vega has been an ally and a champion in this work. This is the third year he’s brought this resolution forward and we are grateful for allyship and advocacy.” The “wear orange” campaign started six years ago as a remembrance for those who have died from gun violence. Thursday, the campaign is also a way to remember the trauma that shooting survivors have endured. “We have to stop and remember not just the people that lost their lives in these accidents, these tragedies but the people that are around them that are survivors, the people that are witnesses, these young children that survive these incidents but are still witness to it and that’s what we’re trying to remember today and that’s what this resolution’s about,” said Representative Aaron Vega. This session, Lawmakers are working with organization like Moms demand Action and the Massachusetts Coalition against gun violence to expand the data collected on guns used in crimes. They believe this information will help to target high crime areas and hopefully prevent […]

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