To raise awareness about gun violence, group tries to turn St. Joseph orange

To raise awareness about gun violence, group tries to turn St. Joseph orange

Americans have a roughly 1-in-315 lifetime chance of death from gun violence, according to the National Safety Council and the National Center for Health Statistics. That’s about 50 percent more likely than the lifetime risk of dying while riding inside a car, truck or van. Wochit Organizer says the color signifies the American heritage of responsible gun ownership and the value of protecting human life Buy Photo ST. JOSEPH — If you visit St. Joseph next weekend, you might see a lot of orange. A local group is participating in National Gun Violence Awareness Day on Saturday. They’re hoping members of the community will join them, said Cindy Abercrombie of Avon. It’s all part the nationwide effort, Wear Orange Weekend, which goes Friday through Sunday. "Wearing Orange comes from the hunting culture," Abercrombie said. "It demands to be seen." Abercrombie and her husband, Jeff Veeline, both work in St. Joseph. Their businesses are already displaying orange signs. She thinks the debate about gun violence has become too partisan and hopes to find some common ground between gun owners and people who want to reduce the harm of gun violence. "(Orange) signifies the American heritage of responsible gun ownership and the value of protecting human life," Abercrombie said. National Gun Violence Awareness Day was started by the friends of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, who was shot and killed in Chicago, just one week after she performed in President Barack Obama’s second inaugural parade in 2013. Pendelton’s friends now wear orange in […]

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