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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In memory of John Wesley Elkins

I was 11 years old when my mom got the call. I don’t know who called her to share the news, but regardless, all I remember hearing was my mom answering the phone and then her cries of anguish. She had been told that her father, my grandfather, had taken his own life. I found out later that he had taken a shotgun into the closet in his house, and he lost his battle…

I wasn’t even able to say goodbye. My mom did not want me to see his open casket at the funeral. I am the only one of my siblings who have active memories of him. I miss you, Papa, it’s been 19 years, but I miss you so much.

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