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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That night, I left my apartment and walked a block down to the strip mall in my neighborhood to buy dinner. While walking through the mall’s parking lot toward my destination, the backseat window of a car rolled down, and a man began speaking to me. I couldn’t quite make out what he was saying and walked closer to the car. Once I was close enough, the car door opened, I was pulled inside, and the door was closed on me.

Inside were three men. They put guns to my head, forcing me to give them my belongings; My phone, my jacket, my Airpods, my money, my keys and my shoes, repeatedly saying “You don’t wanna die tonight. We need everything.” Once they’d taken everything, they forced me out, and I ran off.

After the incident, I began therapy to cope with the trauma. I thought I was coping relatively well, but I wasn’t. I made a bad decision and purchased an illegal handgun to potentially protect myself if a similar situation occurred. Shortly after, I was arrested for illegal possession of a firearm and am unsure of whether or not I’ll be able to return to college in August.

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