Every year, gun violence kills some 33,000 Americans and injures 80,000 more. The prevalence of firearm ownership has been a hotly debated issue across the country, but a national movement is aiming to, at the very least, raise awareness about the cost of gun violence. This June 2 marks the country's first National Gun Violence Awareness Day and people are #WearingOrange as a call to action.
Why the color orange? Organized by the group Everytown for Gun Safety, the movement We Are Orange is aimed at making the color become a symbol of human life — specifically in relation to gun violence. A few years ago, teenagers in Chicago's South Side wore orange to honor one of their friends who was fatally shot on the street. National Gun Violence Awareness Day intends to magnify that call to action on a national platform.
Gun violence has deep repercussions in society. Its staggering fatalities non-withstanding, it costs American taxpayers at least $229 billion a year. From direct spending such as medical expenses and prison costs, to its indirect financial impact on productivity and quality of life of families and communities, the statistics indicate that gun violence is, in fact, detrimental to the nation's progress. And that's not even taking into account the implications on race relations in the country.
So when the call to wear orange came on June 2, celebrities, organizations and regular folks alike rose up to the challenge.
Watch the #WearingOrange video below:
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