#WearOrange against gun violence

#WearOrange against gun violence

Pasadena city officials and employees will dress in orange Friday in recognition of National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

A website for the event claims shootings kill more than 90 Americans a day and injure hundreds more.

“Pasadena’s local effort is part of a nationwide campaign that began in 2013 to help draw attention to the burgeoning incidents of gun violence in our society,” according to William Boyer, Pasadena’s public information officer.

A proclamation declaring the city’s participation in the event was issued on May 22, by Mayor Tornek.

“(This) 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,” Tornek’s proclamation reads. “It places children and young people at increased risk of physical harm and injury; and disproportionately affects communities of color.”

Boyer urged residents to take part in the campaign.

“Take a stand—and a selfie—against gun violence. Use the hashtag #WearOrange and also send to us on Twitter @PasadenaGov.”

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