'Wear Orange' events on Saturday to promote gun safety
The Oregon chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is partnering with the Lake Oswego Ice Creamery on Saturday to commemorate National Gun Violence Awareness Day and honor victims and survivors of gun violence.
From 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on June 2, Ice Creamery customers can get free orange sprinkles, employees will wear orange and there'll be a selfie booth in front of the restaurant, where visitors can pick up information and meet candidates and other officials who favor common-sense gun legislation.
Large-scale Wear Orange events will also take place on Saturday in Portland, Hillsboro, Bend, Eugene and Salem as part of a nationwide effort to raise awareness about the impact of gun violence.
"More than 96 people die by gun violence every day in America, and seven of those deaths are children," says Andrea Platt, a local volunteer with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. "We'll remember those whose lives are cut short, and the survivors who are forever changed. Most importantly, we'll urge folks to unite in gun violence prevention efforts."
Why orange? The Wear Orange campaign was inspired by a group of teens in Chicago following the death of Hadiya Pendleton, who was shot and killed at age 15 just weeks after marching in President Obama's second inaugural parade. Whether worn by hunters to stay safe in the woods or by activists, organizers say orange symbolizes the value of human life.
The Lake Oswego Ice Creamery is located at 37 A Avenue in Lake Oswego. For more about the Wear Orange campaign, go to http://www.wearorange.org.
— The Review