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National Gun Violence Awareness Day

Mayor and Ewing Council Resolution in support of National Gun Violence Awareness Day

The first Friday in June has been recognized as National Gun Violence Awareness Day in Ewing Township by Council Resolution #23R-110. With this Resolution Ewing has joined the hundreds of cities across the country that commemorate the loss of the thousands of victims of gun violence in the America. The commemoration is also known as the #WearOrange day, chosen because orange is the color that hunters wear to announce themselves to other hunters when out in the woods, and symbolizes the value of human life.

National Gun Violence Awareness Day is held annually in honor of Hadiya Pendleton, who was tragically shot and killed in Chicago in 2013 at the age of 15. Born June 2, 1997, June 2nd of this year recognizes her 26th birthday. The idea was inspired by a group of Hadiya’s friends who asked their classmates to commemorate her life by wearing orange. Wear orange in the hopes for a future free of gun violence.

Everyday gun violence touches us with more than 120 of our fellow Americans killed by gun violence and more than 200 shot and wounded.   There is an average of more than 17,000 gun homicides annually. Americans are 26 times more likely to die by gun homicide than people in other high-income countries. In New Jersey there are 427 gun deaths each year. This crisis of violence costs our state $5.3 Billion every year.

Americans should not have to live in fear of gathering in public places and the next episode of gun violence. Join the campaign against gun violence by pledging to wear orange on June 2nd as we renew our commitment to reduce gun violence and pledge to do all we can to keep firearms out of the hands of people who should not have access to them and encourage responsible gun ownership to help keep our families and communities safe.

Resolution #23R-110 – A Resolution Declaring the First Friday in June to Be National Gun Violence Awareness Day