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The Town of Chevy Chase has approved the proclamation for the fifth annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 5, 2020. This day commemorates the killing of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton a few weeks after she marched in President Obama’s 2013 inaugural parade in Chicago. Hundreds of local and state governments have approved the proclamation for National Gun Violence Awareness Day, which honors and remembers all victims and survivors of gun violence and declares that we as a country must do more to reduce gun violence.
The National Gun Violence Awareness Day kicks off "Wear Orange" weekend. During this time, a coalition of gun violence prevention organizations will raise awareness for gun violence, victims, and survivors. All across the country, people will make a public commitment to work together to encourage, support and work towards solutions to save lives from gun violence. Search here to find an event near you [https://act.everytown.org/event/wear-orange-2020/search/] .
Gun violence in the US is an epidemic and public health crisis. It is a daily threat to our public safety. Over 100,000 Americans are injured or killed by guns every year, and nearly 40,000 people died in 2017 due to gun injuries. There are many facets to gun violence - domestic violence, urban gun violence, suicide, school shootings, mass shootings, accidental shootings, gun trafficking and crime.
In March and April 2020 during the Covid19 pandemic, a record-breaking nearly 6 million guns were sold in the US. Gun sales in Montgomery County alone increased 20%. Many families with children are now spending all their time at home, and some households now have a new gun in the house. Awareness of gun safety measures, such as properly securing firearms, recognizing the risk of gun suicide, modeling responsible gun ownership and other common sense actions are critical in keeping people safe. Please check here for more information on responsible gun storage and suicide prevention [https://besmartforkids.org ] , and watch and share this new PSA on the subject [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfBq_2cN6Zk ] .