Gun Violence Awareness Month2024-04-11T18:50:51+00:00

Gun Violence Awareness Month : JUNE

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Find Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions about Gun Violence Awareness Month

How do I use Soul Boxes in my Wear Orange activities?2024-04-11T18:55:10+00:00
  • Make a Soul Box and post it to #WearOrange and #SoulBoxProject. Then send it to a Soul Box Project Branch that is collecting Boxes.
  • Plan an event, march, rally, or exhibit involving Soul Boxes.
  • How many Boxes should I make—and do I have time? Before June, join with friends, family, faith community, bookclub, or your nearest Moms Demand Action chapter to make approximately 220-240 Soul Boxes to represent the average number of people injured or killed by gunfire (including suicides) every day in the U.S. in recent years. (See GunViolenceArchive.org to tally specific annual counts–and don’t forget suicides, which are over 50% of all deaths.)
What does the orange ribbon mean for gun violence prevention?2024-04-08T17:48:03+00:00

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/

When did the gun violence prevention movement start?2024-04-08T17:23:18+00:00

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

How to participate in Gun Violence Awareness Month.2024-04-08T17:57:05+00:00

It usually falls on the first full weekend of June, Friday-Sunday. (Check to confirm.) 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.

What can I do to support National Gun Violence Awareness Day?2024-04-08T17:41:25+00:00

You can get involved and support National Gun Violence Awareness Day in a few ways:

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