It could look like each different day is a made-up vacation or theme day, however Gun Violence Awareness Day is totally different. In simply the primary 5 months of 2021, there have been greater than 240 mass shootings within the U.S., in line with the nonprofit group Gun Violence Archive. Another staggering statistic? The U.S. has extra weapons than individuals, Reuters reported earlier this yr.
Something must be performed. That’s why Gun Violence Awareness Day is so essential. It reminds most people, politicians, and the media that we’d like gun management to truly save lives.
Nonprofit group Everytown for Gun Safety began Gun Violence Awareness Day in June 2015, two years after a teen named Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed at a Chicago playground. Her mates’ determination to commemorate her life and lift consciousness about gun violence by carrying orange has since expanded right into a motion seen throughout social media yearly.
Pendleton’s loss of life serves as a relentless reminder of not solely the tragedy of younger individuals’s publicity to gun violence — the U.S. has considerably extra faculty shootings than another nation, in line with CNN — however of the way in which gun violence disproportionately impacts Black and brown communities. Everytown notes that, in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Black Americans make up nearly all of gun murder victims and are 10 occasions extra seemingly than white Americans to die by gun murder. Furthermore, the CDC says Black youngsters and youths are 14 occasions extra seemingly than white youngsters and youths to die by gun murder.
With violence in opposition to unarmed Black women and men in an agonizing highlight following the appalling capturing deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Andre Hill — all of whom have been unarmed and replicate solely a fraction of a widespread, tragic, and infrequently underreported concern — Gun Violence Awareness Day and the Wear Orange marketing campaign feels as pertinent as ever, if no more so.
This yr, National Gun Violence Awareness Day is June 4, and Wear Orange Weekend extends by means of Sunday, June 6. To present their assist, celebrities, academics, and tons of of others are taking to social media to indicate that they are carrying orange right now and all through the weekend as an emblem of solidarity. You can discover the images on the #wearorange hashtag on Instagram, and Everytown invitations you to affix in and publish your personal orange-adorned images to assist unfold the phrase.
Check out Everytown’s touching new animated “Wear Orange” collaboration, Blossom, with the Academy Award-winning workforce at Lion Forge Animation:
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