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 turned 16 in July and started my first job at the mall in September. I was working on Christmas Eve and getting ready to leave the store to take a lunch break. All of the sudden shots rang out, and chaos erupted around me.

I had never heard a gunshot before. I ran to the back of the store to hide, past alarms that were blaring and customers scrambling to get to safety. I made it to the back and quickly locked myself in the restroom, along with two strangers who I didn’t even notice had followed behind me.

The store manager eventually let us know that the store was secure, and I emerged, hysterical. We proceeded to close the store, ducking beneath the cash wrap to count the deposit, while alarms blared, the shooter was still at large, and a casualty lay dead down hall.

SWAT escorted us safely out of the mall, and I spent the next 24 hours in shock, dreading going back to the mall for my next shift on the day after Christmas.

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