Join us on June 7-9th for Wear Orange, as we unite in our call to end gun violence and honor the more than 120 people who are shot and killed, and hundreds more who are wounded and traumatized, every day in our country. Read some of the stories of those affected by gun violence below.

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I was 17 years old when gun violence changed me and my whole life. I was going back-to-school shopping for my senior year when a man decided to drive down to the mall and Walmart next to it and kill 23 people. I hid for my life, thinking these moments were my last.

My mom and I said our goodbyes, and while I do not know anyone personally who died, I cried every day for those people. He may not have killed me, but that 17 -year-old girl I was before is gone. (She’ll never come back.)

Later on I found out the reasoning behind this was that he hated Hispanics. That breaks my heart every time I think about it because I will never be able to change the fact that I am one. My life will be changed forever because of someone who decided to shoot up a store. He didn’t just hurt the people he killed and the families affected; he hurt the hundreds of other people who will suffer mentally for the rest of their lives.

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