Earlier this month I attended the San Antonio premiere of a film called Under the Gun. It’s a documentary about gun violence in America and, if you weren’t already concerned about this topic, the movie shared some grim statistics:
Did you know:
- Kids in the U.S. Are 65 times more likely than kids in the UK to be killed by gun violence?
- There are more gun shops in the U.S. than Starbuck’s and McDonald’s combined?
- Mass shootings in the U.S. are committed by mentally ill people only 5% of the time?
The film also featured Sandy and Lonnie Phillips of San Antonio. They are the parents of Jessica Ghawi, a bright young woman with a promising career who was murdered in the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting in 2012. These days you’ll find them traveling across the country, sharing the story of their beautiful, smart daughter whose life was cut short by gun violence. They work, constantly and tirelessy, for common sense gun laws that will keep our kids safe. They don’t want any other parents to have to live their nightmare.
Gun violence is no longer something that happens to other people in America. It hits close to home. I had a friend gunned down in 1998. And, I’ve met several members of Moms Demand Action whose children, brothers, sisters, parents, and friends were killed by gun violence too.
In the words of Richard Martinez, whose son, Christopher, was killed in a mass shooting in Isla Vista, California in 2014: “Not one more!”
Moms Demand Action isn’t anti-second amendment. In fact, many of our members are gun owners. We are pro common sense gun laws and an end to gun violence. And, we’d like you to join us.
On Thursday, June 2, we’re commemorating the 2nd annual Gun Violence Prevention and Awareness Day by #wearingorange. Why orange?
On January 21st, 2013, Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old high school student from the south side of Chicago, marched in President Obama’s 2nd inaugural parade. One week later, Hadiya was shot and killed.
Orange is the color a group of Hadiya’s friends chose to wear to remember her life. They chose orange because that’s what hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others.
What started in a south side high school to celebrate Hadiya has turned into a nationwide movement to honor all lives cut short by gun violence. Wear Orange is also a celebration of life – and a call to action to help save lives from gunfire. June 2 is National Gun Violence Awareness Day, and 2016 is going to be the biggest year yet.”
Meet up with members of Moms Demand Action and our families at The Friendly Spot on Thursday, June 2, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. for a Rockin’ Rally to End Gun Violence. There will be kids’ crafts, live music by Mitch Webb and Friends, and Moms Demand Action members will be on hand to discuss ways in which you can get involved.
Please RSVP using both of these links and invite your friends, family and anyone else in the community by sharing these links on on social media:
RSVP to attend the Rockin’ Rally to End Gun Violence at The Friendly Spot!
San Antonio is quickly securing its place as a leader in the gun violence prevention movement with Mayor Ivy Taylor joining the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition and more than 200 San Antonians showing up to Moms Demand Action’s Wear Orange event at The Pearl in December. Let’s be loud and proud about gun sense on June 2 and WEAR ORANGE.
We hope to see you there and remember to #Wear Orange!