Today; Friday, June 2, 2017 marks the third Annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day.
Gun violence is an epidemic in the United States, with 88 people killed by gun violence every day.
Nearly half a million Americans will be killed or injured by guns by the end of this year.
Just on this week alone 11 people were shot in St. Louis since Sunday, May 28, 2017 and today is only Friday, June 2, 2017.
So today we take a stand; a stand against gun violence; this is why we #WEARORANGE
Lawmakers in both the House and the Senate proposed making June 2 a day of remembrance for victims of gun violence, an event largely propagated by gun control groups
The idea originated from friends of Hadiya Pendleton, a Chicago teen who was shot in the back and killed while standing with friends in a park after taking her final exams in 2013.
She was killed one week after marching at an event for President Obama’s second inauguration. June 2 would have been Hadiya’s 18th birthday.
Months after the murder, on June 2, her friends dressed in orange to honor her on what would have been her birthday and promote non-violence.
The next year, in 2014, Everytown adopted the custom and defined wearing orange much like a hunter does for safety. The official kickoff was a success on social media and gained broad support of celebrities.
Deaths and injuries from firearms pose a substantial risk to public health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- In 2013, there were 33,804 firearm deaths in the U.S., and more than 84,000 non-fatal firearm injuries.
- Firearms are involved in more than half of suicides and more than two-thirds of homicides in the United States.
- There are more than 30,000 firearm fatalities each year in the United States and more than 80,000 non-fatal injuries requiring emergency medical care or hospitalization.
- The financial cost of gun violence in the United States was an estimated 174 billion dollars in 2010; this amount does not account for the psychological toll on those directly or indirectly affected by firearm violence, such as those who witness or fear firearm violence in their homes or communities.
Gun violence touches every corner of America — in fact here are a few statistics for St. Louis City and I’ve also add the link below for you if you would like to view the statistics in more detail.
St. Louis… This is why everyone should have on orange today. As a people we don’t have to live in a city or a country where shootings happen every day. If we all stand up together and demand change, we will succeed.
St. Louis these are the statistics and this is what we are up against and keep in mind these are just the statistics for St. Louis City.
SLMPD St. Louis, Missouri Police Department
2017 UCR Homicide Analysis as of May 30, 2017
St. Louis City Homicides’’ Over the Past 5 Years
2017: 66 we still have 6 months to go in this year!
And these are just homicides’ in the city of St. Louis!
VICTIMS AND SUSPECTS BY AGE, RACE AND GENDER
50 Black Males and 11 Black Females mostly aging from 20-29 that’s bananas! These are young adults who haven’t even began life for real!