|Posted:||June 3, 2019 03:52 PM|
|From:||Representative Todd Stephens|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Gun Violence Awareness Day|
|Every day, 100 Americans are killed by gun violence and countless others are wounded. Americans are 25 times more likely to be killed with firearms than people in other high-income countries. I will be introducing a resolution to designate June 7, 2019, to be Gun Violence Awareness Day in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
June 2019 would have marked the 22nd birthday of Hadiya Pendleton, a teenager who was tragically shot and killed. To help honor Hadiya – and the 100 Americans whose lives are cut short and the countless others who are wounded by gun violence every day – June 7, 2019, has been designated as the 5th National Gun Violence Awareness Day. The idea was inspired by a group of Hadiya’s friends, who asked their classmates to commemorate her life by wearing orange; they chose this color because hunters wear orange to protect themselves and others, and orange is a color that has been embraced by the gun safety movement because it symbolizes the value of human life.
Please join me in cosponsoring this important resolution.
Introduced as HR376