Rep. Kelly Marks Gun Violence Awareness Day

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The Color Orange Illuminates the Dire Need for Common Sense Gun Safety Laws

Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-02), along with Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, recently introduced a Congressional resolution establishing June 4, 2021, as “National Gun Violence Awareness Day” and designating June as “National Gun Violence Awareness Month.”

The resolution asks citizens and community leaders to give heightened attention to gun violence during the month of June, as gun violence typically spikes at the start of the summer months, and to work together to make our communities safer.

“I encourage my constituents and all Americans to wear orange today, June 4th to help bring attention to this national emergency,” said Congresswoman Kelly. “The overwhelming majority of American people are crying out for lifesaving, common sense gun safety laws, but the will of the people is being repeatedly thwarted by a minority of Senators who choose to remain blind to the mounting death toll. The appalling violence being inflicted on our communities on a daily basis must be addressed and the only way for this to happen is if Americans raise their voices in unison and demand the enactment of common sense gun measures.”

While COVID-19 halted much of our nation, it tragically has not stopped gun violence in our communities. Last year was one of the deadliest years on record for the United States, with an estimated 19,300 individuals killed in gun homicides or non-suicide-related shootings — a shocking 25 percent increase over 2019.

“We need to bring concentrated attention to this issue so that we can at long last achieve positive policy change that will save lives,” Rep. Kelly said.

This resolution, in part, honors the life of Hadiya Pendleton. Just days after performing at President Obama’s inauguration in 2013, she was killed by a bullet in a park, a place where young people are supposed to be safe. Hadiya should have been celebrating her 24th birthday this week.

“Please join me by wearing orange on June 4th in Hadiya’s honor and to honor every precious soul we have lost to this epidemic ravaging our country,” Rep. Kelly said.

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