Thursday, June 2nd is National Gun Violence Awareness Day—a day where we’re asking millions of Americans to wear orange to signify their belief that we can do more to save American lives from gun violence.
On this day, ‘Moms Demand Action’ and ‘Everytown for Gun Safety‘ are organizing ‘Wear Orange’ events across the country (click here for more about the Wear Orange campaign). With special guests, a photo booth, facepainting, and more, this will be a fun event for everyone!
The background of this day of Wearing Orange comes from hunting culture, where hunters wear orange in the woods to protect themselves and others. Orange signifies the American heritage of responsible gun ownership and the importance and value of protecting human life. June 2 is also the birthday of Hadiya Pendleton, the Chicago teen who was fatally shot the age of 15 just weeks after performing at President Obama’s second inauguration. So the event is both an effort to promote gun sense as well as a celebration of Hadiya’s life.
We are grateful to Sixth Presbyterian Church for agreeing to host Pittsburgh’s Wear Orange event outside of the church on Thursday, June 2. We will have a table with orange-themed giveaways for pedestrians, along with information about what more people can do to promote gun sense. We will also use this as a meeting point where Moms Demand Action members—as well as interested members of Sixth—to gather in their orange clothing showing their support. Please join us!
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America