On Tuesday, June 2nd, we have one simple request: Wear orange. June 2nd will be the first National Gun Violence Awareness Day, and wearing orange will demonstrate that you pledge to:
- honor the lives of Americans lost to gun violence
- do all we can to keep firearms out of the wrong hands
- commit to responsible gun ownership
- and keep children safe from gun violence
Wear Orange and National Gun Violence Prevention Day was inspired by a group of Chicago teens who asked their classmates to commemorate the life of a slain friend by wearing orange.They chose the color because hunters wear orange to announce themselves to other hunters when out in the woods. Their friend — Hadiya Pendleton, a 15 year old high school student — marched in President Obama’s 2nd inaugural parade and was tragically shot and killed back in Chicago just a week later.This June 2nd would have been Hadiya’s 18th birthday.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), Rep. Bob Dold (R-IL), Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA), Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), and Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) are among the first members of Congress to join the campaign.
Join them by visiting wearorange.org and using the site’s pledge tool to change your social media profile picture or share why you will be #WearingOrange on the first National Gun Violence Awareness Day.