Farmington city officials last month declared Friday, June 7, National Gun Violence Awareness Day and encouraged residents to support community efforts to end gun violence.
A resolution brought forward by local advocates noted that more than 100 Americans are killed every day through gun violence, with more than 13,000 gun-related homicides each year.
Farmington resident Faye Schuett said during a May 20 council meeting that advocates hope that “a proclamation like this will bring more attention to the important issues of gun safety and gun storage, and to make this day a national remembrance of victims of gun violence.”
Schuett explained that “Wear Orange Day” began in Chicago, after teen Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed in 2013, just a week after performing at President Barack Obama’s 2nd inaugural parade. Her friends began wearing orange to honor her memory.
”When I wear orange of Friday, June 7,” Schuett said, “I’m not a mom, but I have taught for more than 45 years, and in that time, I have known many students and student families affected by gun violence… and I will be remembering them on that day.”