About National Gun Violence Awareness Day
The first Friday in June is recognized as National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Hundreds of cities around the country host events to commemorate the fifth annual event. Also known as the #WearOrange Day, the inaugural National Gun Violence Awareness Day occurred in 2015.
Every day, more than 120 Americans are killed by gun violence and more than 200 are shot and wounded, with an average of more than 17,000 gun homicides every year.
National Gun Violence Awareness Day kicks off Wear Orange Weekend, an event held annually in honor of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old who was shot and killed in Chicago in 2013, just one week after performing at President Obama’s second inauguration parade. Orange is the color that Hadiya’s friends wore in her honor and is worn throughout the nation to raise awareness about gun violence.
Gun violence touches every segment of our society and impacts people of all ages; it increases the probability of death in incidents of domestic violence; raises the likelihood of fatalities by those who intend to injure others, and among those who attempt suicide; it places children and young people at increased risk of physical harm and injury; and disproportionately affects communities of color.