We can end gun violence together
National Gun Violence Awareness Day is the first Friday in June, which will be June 7 in 2019
In 2013, Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed in Chicago at the age of 15 just one week after performing at President Obama’s 2nd inaugural parade in 2013. After her death, people were asked to stand up, speak out, and Wear Orange to raise awareness about gun violence. Since her death the Wear Orange Movement has grown and has become a recognized as a symbol of National Gun Violence Awareness.
The Rev. Douglas Fisher reflected on gun violence prevention at Wednesday’s vigil. Fisher said while his first instinct was to talk about Megan Burns and her life and his second inclination was to offer times of silence, but the Burns’ family wanted to speak about gun control. “Meaghan was the innocent victim of senseless gun violence while trying to help a friend,” her obituary says.
Inside the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew, next to a poster for Meaghan Burns’ vigil, a piece of paper read, “The church may be empty, but know you are not alone.”
Rev. Fisher said the issue of gun violence is not a political one. “It’s a health issue — it would be like for years and years — 97 people a day died of a disease,” Fisher said. And there are ways that people can address this public health crisis.
In honor of Hadiya Pendleton, Megan Burns, and all the children who have been killed before them and since, join The Cross Lobby (@TheCrossLobby), Episcopalians Against Gun Violence, as they work with #WearOrange2019. Stand up against Gun Violence.
Visit wearorange.com to find a June 7th event near you.