Council urges wearing orange to remember gun victims

Council urges wearing orange to remember gun victims

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Monday night, Cleveland City Council adopted a resolution calling on residents to wear orange on June 2 to commemorate the second annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

Orange represents the color hunters wear in woods to protect themselves and others.

In January, 2013, Hadiya Pendleton, a Chicago high school student was fatally shot in a playground one week after she had marched in President Obama's second inaugural parade.

Last year, on June 2, 2015, Hadiya's friends, along with a coalition of activists, asked people nationwide to wear orange, not just to honor Hadiya's life, but also the lives of more than 900 Americans taken by gun violence every day, as well as hundreds more who are shot.

The resolution reads in part: "By wearing orange on June 2, 2016, we honor American lives stolen by gun violence, pledge to help keep firearms out of dangerous hands, commit to responsible gun ownership and promise to protect our children from gun violence."

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