March to raise gun violence awareness


NEWTOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — If you’ve seen a lot of people wearing the color orange today, it’s for a good reason; honoring lives that were cut short by gun violence.

June 2nd is #WearOrange day in the United States. The campaign was created to show support for common sense solutions to save lives, according to the national Wear Orange website. The organization encourages people who believe more can be done to stop gun violence to wear orange on June 2nd, which is National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

It started with 15-year-old Chicago student Hadiya Pendleton. Pendleton marched in President Barack Obama‘s second inaugural parade. One week later, she was shot and killed.

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Orange was the color chosen by Pendleton’s friends to wear to remember her life, and it has since become a national rally to help save lives from gunfire, according to organizers.

Here in Connecticut, one place wear people wore orange was in Newtown. It was there people marched Thursday afternoon from Fairfield Hills to Edmond Town Hall. Mary Ann Jacob, a librarian at Sandy Hook School, was among those who took part.

“I really believe that we can make a difference by taking action and closing the background check loop and other sensible gun laws,” said Jacob.

The number of people that showed up was easily in the hundreds but still some like Jennifer Fisher of Ridgefield say they wish there had been more.

“I am amazed that half the nation doesn’t turn up,” said Fisher.

For more details on Wear Orange, you can visit the organization online.

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