Join the gun violence awareness effort

National Gun Violence Awareness Day is Friday, June 2.

Wearing orange, the color of safety worn by hunters, will raise awareness about gun violence and honor the lives and lost human potential of Americans stolen by gun violence.

Statistics show the presence of guns increases the probability of death in incidents of domestic violence, spontaneous rage, criminal activity, suicide, and accidents. It places children and young people at increased risk of physical harm and injury and disproportionately affects communities of color.

The annual awareness day honors all gun violence victims and memorializes 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, an honor student from Chicago who marched with her high school band in President Barack Obama’s second inaugural parade. She was killed a week later. Her friends began honoring her birthday on June 2 by wearing orange.

Awareness supporters will gather at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 on the southeast corner of Tappan Square. Extra orange T-shirts and signs will be available as needed.

A proclamation recognizing June 2 as National Gun Violence Awareness Day will be read at the Oberlin city council meeting on Monday, June 5.