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When Is National Gun Violence Awareness Day? Origins and Traditions 

In the wake of the latest mass shooting to occur in the U.S., the Ulvade massacre, where a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers, people are calling for action on gun legislation in the country.

People are also gearing up to protest the NRA’s annual Institute for Legislative Action Leadership Forum, which is taking place just a few days after the Texas Robb Elementary School Shooting.

The event has sparked significant anger, particularly as one of the most common and celebrated firearms in the America, the AR-15, was used by the Uvalde shooter.

Another way people are pledging their support to ending gun violence is by recognizing and showing solidarity with the National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

When Is Gun Violence National Awareness Day?

It falls on the first Friday of June, this year it is on June 3, 2022. This is also known as the Wear Orange Day, and was founded to honor survivors and victims of gun violence.

What Is The Origin Of Gun Violence National Awareness Day?

It originally began on June 2, 2015, on what would have been the 18th birthday of Hadiya Pendleton.

Pendleton was shot and killed on a playground in Chicago, on January 29, 2013, she was barely 15 and just a week earlier she had performed at Obama’s second presidential inauguration.

Since 2015, the movement has significantly expanded, and it is now a period of three days a year: National Gun Violence Awareness Day (the first Friday in June) and Wear Orange Weekend (the following weekend).

Why Do People Wear Orange?

Not long after Pendleton passed, her childhood friends began to wear orange as a tribute and commemoration of her life, as orange is the color hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others.

Statistically, when comparing to other high-income countries, specifically Canada, Australia and the UK, America has a much higher gun-related deaths per homicide. In 2020, 79 percent of all homicides in the U.S. were gun-related.

Between 1968 and 2017, there were 1.5 million gun deaths in the U.S., a figure higher figure than the total number of soldiers killed in every single U.S. conflict since the Independence War in 1775.

Over 45,000 Americans died in 2020 as a result of gun violence, whether it was a homicide or a suicide, a 25 percent increase from 2015.

How To Get Involved

You can get involved and support National Gun Violence Awareness Day by clicking here. Just a few ways include:

  • attending an event
  • creating and wearing an orange image
  • downloading a video background
  • printing a poster

In the U.S., children between the ages of 1 and 19 are more likely to die by gun violence than any other cause, including cancer, car accidents and drug overdoses.

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