Wear Orange Weekend event in Memphis promotes ‘gun sense’

Wear Orange Weekend event in Memphis promotes 'gun sense'

Buy Photo Binghampton resident Joyce Johnson knows what it’s like to lose a loved one to gun violence. Her son was shot and killed. "I have no choice but to live through my son being shot 11 times," Johnson shouted during a Saturday event to raise gun violence awareness. "Our children have to go to school the next day trying to deal with tragic deaths — that they just seen their brother, their homie, their cousin, their uncles, their dads being shot up the day before." Johnson was one of more than 120 people who put on orange and gathered at Lester Community Center for a purposeful picnic. The gathering was part of the national Wear Orange Weekend, which raises gun violence awareness. The event was put on by Memphis’ Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a volunteer-led branch of Everytown for Gun Safety, a national nonprofit that advocates for gun control and against gun violence. This was the third year Memphis has participated in Wear Orange Weekend, with this year’s theme being "Use your Voice." Moms Demand Action’s current campaign is Be S.M.A.R.T., which advocates securing guns, modeling responsible behavior with guns, recognizing the risks of teen suicides and spreading the campaign with others. Katy Spurlock is a volunteer co-lead for Memphis’ Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. She said 93 people die from gun crimes each day nationwide. She said gun violence in schools and communities must be addressed. "Moms Demand Action says […]

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Wear Orange Weekend event in Memphis promotes ‘gun sense’

Wear Orange Weekend event in Memphis promotes 'gun sense'

Buy Photo Binghampton resident Joyce Johnson knows what it’s like to lose a loved one to gun violence. Her son was shot and killed. "I have no choice but to live through my son being shot 11 times," Johnson shouted during a Saturday event to raise gun violence awareness. "Our children have to go to school the next day trying to deal with tragic deaths — that they just seen their brother, their homie, their cousin, their uncles, their dads being shot up the day before." Johnson was one of more than 120 people who put on orange and gathered at Lester Community Center for a purposeful picnic. The gathering was part of the national Wear Orange Weekend, which raises gun violence awareness. The event was put on by Memphis’ Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a volunteer-led branch of Everytown for Gun Safety, a national nonprofit that advocates for gun control and against gun violence. This was the third year Memphis has participated in Wear Orange Weekend, with this year’s theme being "Use your Voice." Moms Demand Action’s current campaign is Be S.M.A.R.T., which advocates securing guns, modeling responsible behavior with guns, recognizing the risks of teen suicides and spreading the campaign with others. Katy Spurlock is a volunteer co-lead for Memphis’ Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. She said 93 people die from gun crimes each day nationwide. She said gun violence in schools and communities must be addressed. "Moms Demand Action says […]

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