Gun Violence Awareness Month June 2023
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You can get involved and support National Gun Violence Awareness Day in a few ways:
- Mark your calendars with a reminder to #WearOrange on June 2.
- Attend an event in your community
- Create and wear orange (a pin, a scarf, an orange, or be creative and hold up any Orange item in your home). For more ideas, check out Everytown’s Facebook page.
- Go onto one of the official Wear Orange sites and share one of their pre-created social media posts on your personal or business social media page
- Display a poster from your window, door, office space or car
It falls on the first Friday of June, this year it is on June 2, 2023. This is also known as the Wear Orange Day, and was founded to honor survivors and victims of gun violence. It originally began on June 2, 2015, on what would have been the 18th birthday of Hadiya Pendleton. You can read more about Hadiya’s death and the tribute her childhood friends started by wearing orange in commemoration of her life on our Wear Orange Day page.
The gun control debate has been going on for centuries in our nation. Clear back to the framers of the United States Constitution who first wrote the Second Amendment citing that private citizens has a right to “keep and bear arms”. It heightened after President John F. Kennedy was shot. But today it is at a public health crisis.
Fact: for people under 25, deaths caused by gun-related injuries are 2X that of cancer, 5X that of heart disease & 15X that of infections. That’s why over 80 medical groups agree that gun violence is a public health issue. #EndGunViolence Source: gunviolenceawarenessmonth.com/toolkit
Orange has become the defining color of the gun violence prevention movement. New York gun violence prevention advocate Erica Ford spearheaded orange as the color of peace through her work with her organization, Life Camp, Inc. The color orange honors the lives cut short and the hundreds more wounded by gun violence every day. Source: WearOrange.org/about/