#WearingOrange campaign honors those lives lost to gunfire, brings awareness to gun violence
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 2, 2015)– Orange has always been the color hunters wear to signal other hunters not to shoot. Tuesday, #WearingOrange was a trending social media campaign, honoring those lives lost to gunfire.
It’s estimated 88 people every day are killed by gun violence in America. According to the Center for American Progress, that includes two people from Indiana.
More than 200 organizations, celebrities and lawmakers joined the #WearingOrange campaign Tuesday. President Barack Obama even tweeted about the campaign.
“We are rallying Americans,” said Stephanie Mannon Grabow with Indiana Chapter Leader Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
The campaign is part of the first-ever National Gun Violence Awareness Day. The campaign is inspried by a group of Chicago teens to remember 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, who was shot and killed by gang members in 2013.
Hoosiers showed their support on Monument Circle Tuesday for the #WearingOrange campaign.
“Gun violence is impacting our schools, communities and neighborhoods. It affects us all. We are standing up to say no more,” said Stephanie Mannon Grabow with Indiana Chapter Leader Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
But one gun advocate says the #WearingOrange campaign is misleading.
“I know the gun control groups wouldn’t let a good tragedy go to waste. Every time we have a gun related tragedy and even though the tragedy was committed by a criminal or someone with severe mental problems. They use the tragedies to take gun rights away from law abiding citizens,” said Guy Relford, owner of Tactical Firearms Training LLC.
The NRA went as far to say #WearingOrange was “pointless.”
“I would never call a campaign to honor victims of gun violence pointless personally. We want to honor them we want to prevent the tragedies,” added Relford.
Members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America says they believe the popularity of Tuesday’s social media campaign will influence lawmakers to change gun laws.