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Medium: Americans Want Gun Safety and This Is The Most Important Election of Our Lifetimes — Six Things I Learned From National Security Advisor Susan Rice

Gun violence survivors push us forward. June is an important month for gun violence survivors. It’s when we marked National Gun Violence Awareness Day and gathered for Wear Orange weekend to honor the more than 100 Americans who are shot and killed on average each day, as well as the hundreds more who are shot and wounded. On June 12, survivors and families marked four years since the horrific shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando that killed 49 people and wounded 58 more, many of them LGBTQ and Latino.

6.24.2020

USA Today: My mom was killed in the Mother Emanuel church shooting. We must disarm racism and hate.

“This is the time to address these problems –– by protesting, by voting, by addressing loopholes like the one that killed my mom and cousins five years ago and by dismantling the systems of oppression that African American communities face every day. But like so many of these problems that kill Black people in America, the Charleston loophole has gone unaddressed –– even as the other victims’ families and I have continually called out for action.” Read the full article here.

6.16.2020

The Advocate: On Pulse Anniversary, a Call for LGBTQ+ Support for Gun Reform

“Fifty-one years after a Black trans woman led an uprising against police discrimination and violence at the Stonewall Inn, the LGBTQ community — and especially trans people of color — are still the targets of hate-fueled violence, which often involves a gun,” added John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “This year, Everytown renews our commitment to disarming hate and pushing federal lawmakers to close the giant loophole that allows people convicted of violent or threatening hate crimes to buy guns.”…

6.12.2020

Parents: The Story Behind National Gun Violence Awareness Day is About Saving Black Lives

“Hadiya has inspired a movement of thousands of Americans to wear orange with the belief that we can and must end gun violence. It would be awesome to share with her what has been accomplished in her absence. But when remembering our daughter, who was smart, athletic, a fierce friend, a loving sister, daughter, and much more, we are not surprised that she has had such an impact on the world. She often declared that she would be a household name—but who knew at what cost.”…

6.9.2020

Tennessean: Exclusive: 86 Tennessee business owners voice opposition to permitless carry bill

“Frank Grant, owner of Nashville-based Grant Ventures, started the letter, which grew from communication among business leaders with some assistance from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, a group that lobbies for gun control. The letter is also supported by Everytown for Gun Safety, a national nonprofit that advocates for more thorough background checks and education in an effort to reduce gun violence.”…

6.7.2020

Allure: Why These Allure Staffers #WearOrange for National Gun Violence Awareness Day

“Gun violence is a worldwide issue, but in the United States, it is particularly unique. Written into our constitution is the right to bear arms — a right that a certain segment of the population, along with organizations backed by major dollars, thinks should be unfettered. The lack of regulation and the partisan, politically-charged conversation behind it have had devastating results: We live in a country where, according to Everytown, an organization that researches and aims to reduce gun violence, about three million children witness gun violence a year, a third of homicides are gun deaths, and two-thirds of…

6.5.2020

Elite Daily: On Gun Violence Awareness Day 2020, I’m Grieving All Over Again

“I don’t pretend to fathom the grief the families of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor are feeling right now. But I can empathize with them, and I often do. When I was just 16 years old, I lost my friend, Hadiya Pendleton, to reckless gun violence. She was only 15 years old. Hadiya and a few other friends were trying to shelter from the rain in a playground near our Chicago high school when she was shot and killed on Jan. 29, 2013. The bullets weren’t meant for her, but as so many of us have bitterly learned, bullets…

6.5.2020

PEOPLE: Sophia Bush Owns a Gun — and Says She Wants ‘Much Stricter Legislation Around Gun Ownership’

The nearly lifelong gun owner also sits on the Creative Council for Everytown for Gun Safety. “I’m a really passionate advocate for responsible gun ownership and for much stricter legislation around gun ownership,” Bush says. “It feels a bit mental that we wouldn’t regulate guns in the same way that we regulate cars, for example. You have to pass a test, have insurance, get your qualifications checked.”…

6.4.2020

WGLT – Bloomington (NPR): Moms Group Finds COVID-Safe Ways To Spread Gun Violence Prevention Message

“There is an awareness of what’s a priority right now for our community, and trying to handle the issues that are affecting us the most,” said Karen Irvin, a leader of the Moms Demand Action chapter. “But gun violence is underneath all of that. When we talk about the communities that are most affected by (COVID-19 or police-community relations), they’re also disproportionately impacted by gun violence. So there is an interconnection there.”…

6.3.2020

PEOPLE: Actor Jason George Supports Wear Orange Campaign Against Gun Violence, Decries Systemic Racism

“Growing up in a military town shaped my perspective on guns and gun violence, but never more than when it famously became the center of gun violence itself, when twelve people were shot and killed in a mass shooting in my hometown almost exactly a year ago. Last year, I mourned with my Virginia Beach community. This year, I mourn for the lives cut short by racism and gun violence. The situation frustrates and infuriates me as it does many others. But it also motivates me. I’m inspired by the millions of Americans who agree with me. This year,…

6.3.2020