This year’s National Gun Violence Awareness day came exactly one week after the deadliest mass shooting in the United States this year.
“Last week, it was Virginia Beach,” former President Barack Obama tweeted Friday, in reference to the shooting last week that left 13 people dead.
“But day after day and year after year, too many families and communities are shattered by senseless gun violence. We can’t get numb to this. On National Gun Violence Awareness Day, pledge to speak out, #WearOrange — and vote — to protect lives.”
Last week, it was Virginia Beach. But day after day and year after year, too many families and communities are shattered by senseless gun violence. We can't get numb to this. On National Gun Violence Awareness Day, pledge to speak out, #WearOrange — and vote — to protect lives.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 7, 2019
Each year, various anti-gun violence groups promote wearing orange for the first weekend in June to bring awareness to the issue.
For Hadiya Pendleton
For those we lost in Parkland
For the communities who experience daily gun violence
For all those we have lost
For the 100 lives we lose every day
— March For Our Lives (@AMarch4OurLives) June 7, 2019
This year, a number of Democratic presidential candidates took the day as an opportunity to stand in solidarity with the groups fighting for legislative and cultural change.
“I’m thinking about how our country loses an average of seven children and teens to gun violence every day,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) tweeted. “Enough is enough.”
On #NationalGunViolenceAwarenessDay, I’m thinking about how our country loses an average of seven children and teens to gun violence every day. Enough is enough. I’m fighting like hell for #GunReformNow and to end the @NRA’s death grip on our federal government.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) June 7, 2019
Gun violence is a cancer on the soul of this nation. We lose 100 Americans every day to gun violence. Dozens more are injured. On National Gun Violence Awareness Day, I want to renew my vow to end this epidemic and hold the corporate gun lobby accountable. Enough is enough. pic.twitter.com/F7S3mx1280
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) June 7, 2019
Continually inspired by the moms demanding action, the young people walking out of their classrooms and marching for their lives, and all of the fierce advocates across our country who are leading the fight to end gun violence. #WearOrange pic.twitter.com/Rx70opd1l7
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) June 7, 2019
Gun violence is an epidemic in this country, but it doesn't have to be. We could change it if elected officials were brave enough to stand up to the NRA.
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) June 7, 2019
This is the fifth National Gun Violence Awareness Day since its conception in 2014.