FRAMINGHAM – Mayor Yvonne Spicer proclaimed June 1 in National Gun Violence Awareness Day in Framingham. This afternoon, June 1, she issued a proclamation to local volunteers from Moms Demand Action at the Memorial Building.
“We’re so grateful to Mayor Spicer for joining 100+ mayors and governors across the country acknowledging National Gun Violence Awareness Day,” said Moms Demand Action volunteer and Framingham resident Samantha McGarry.
“Here in Framingham, throughout Massachusetts and across the US, we are Wearing Orange to both honor the everyday victims of gun violence and to demonstrate our commitment to working for a safer future,” said McGarry.
McGarry accepted the proclamation from Mayor Spicer, along with Julie Faqir, an aide for the late Rep. Chris Walsh. Mayor Spicer’s proclamation was one of more than 100 other proclamations issued by Mayors and Governors across America today, June 1.
Over the first weekend in June, people across the country will be coming together to Wear Orange events to use their voices to demand a future free of gun violence. There is an event in Boston on Sunday.
Inspired by student activists from Chicago, National Gun Violence Awareness Day and Wear Orange are a celebration of life and a call to action to help save lives, explained McGarry.
Orange symbolizes the value of human life and reminds us that we are united by our shared hope that we can create a safer country for all Americans – and not just some.
Much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to reduce drunk driving, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was created to demand action from legislators, state and federal; companies; and educational institutions to establish common-sense gun reforms, according to its website.
Moms Demand Action was founded by stay-at-home mom Shannon Watts on December 15, 2012, in response to the devastating shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The organization quickly flourished into a leading force for gun violence prevention, with chapters in all 50 states and a powerful grassroots network of moms that has successfully effected change at the local, state and national level.
Moms Demand Action supports the 2nd Amendment, but the organization believes common-sense solutions can help decrease the escalating epidemic of gun violence that kills too many of our children and loved ones every day, according to its website.