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Posted on: May 26, 2016

Rockville Proclaims June 2 ‘National Gun Violence Awareness Day’

Rockville, Maryland, May 26 – The Mayor and Council approved a proclamation declaring Thursday, June 2, National Gun Violence Awareness Day in Rockville to mark the birthday of a 15-year-old Chicago girl who was tragically gunned down just days after attending President Barack Obama’s inauguration.

The proclamation, approved at the Monday, May 23, Mayor and Council meeting, notes that “protecting health and safety is one of the Mayor and Council’s highest priorities,” and that the city will renew its commitment to reducing gun violence, keeping firearms out of the wrong hands and encouraging responsible gun ownership “to help keep our children safe.” Acting Police Chief Major Bob Rappoport of the Rockville City Police Department accepted the proclamation.

In 2013, Hadiya Pendleton was shot in the back and killed while standing with friends after taking her final exams. “The Chicago Tribune” noted that the shooting captured national attention because, "Pendleton, a dimple-faced sophomore drum majorette, had performed just a week earlier at festivities for President Barack Obama's second inauguration."

Following Hadiya’s death, her high school friends asked classmates to honor their murdered friend by wearing orange as a symbol of the value of human life. Hunters wear orange in the woods to alert others that they are not the targets. That simple call to action has grown into a national movement, with orange is becoming the symbol of gun safety.

In the U.S., 89 Americans are killed each day and countless others injured by gun violence.

More information on Rockville’s proclamation of Thursday, June 2, as National Gun Violence Awareness Day is available at www.rockvillemd.gov/AgendaCenter. For more information on National Gun Violence Awareness Day and the #WearOrange 2016 campaign, visit http://wearorange.org.

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Marylou Berg
Director of Communication

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