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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


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