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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Ariauna Jackson

On January 26, 2019, I was at my grandma’s house. My boyfriend at the time called me to come outside to talk to me. I came outside, and I sat his car. We were looking into his phone because he had to show me something. While we were looking at his phone, we noticed a black car kept passing by my grandma’s house.

Next thing I knew, my boyfriend ducked, and I heard gunshots hitting the car. I ducked also and was praying that nothing happened. At the time I wasn’t afraid because I knew I wouldn’t get hurt. Next thing I knew, I felt a bullet hit me in the middle of my back. I told my boyfriend, “I believe I’ve gotten shot.” I touched my back, and there was blood everywhere.

He drove me to the hospital, and they flew me to Memphis, Tennessee. When I got there, there were a lot of doctors. They ran tests and tried to take the bullet out, but it wouldn’t come out. I went home the same night. I still could walk, and I wasn’t hurt. Till this day I have PTSD. But I am highly blessed.

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