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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Barbara DiLorenzo

In March 2018, I was going to meet a friend at the local Panera in Princeton, New Jersey. We were both running late, which was fortunate. She entered the building as people fled—there was a suicidal gunman inside.

I was on the sidewalk, not understanding the commotion. I took refuge in the neighboring bookshop. Police told us to evacuate. The bookseller said to leave my stroller and flee out the back. I ran in a panic, not knowing exactly where the gunman was, or who he was after. The gunman died that day, but no one else did.

In December 2018, I was caught in an active lockdown during a school author visit. For 45 minutes, we believed someone was roaming the halls, until a text explained it was a phoned-in threat. I couldn’t stop thinking about the kids after that experience.

These experiences haunted me until I wrote a book to ease anxiety for children. One Thursday Afternoon (Flyaway Books) is aimed to help adults and children have a conversation about lockdown drills, with a focus on nature, conversation and creativity as tools to reduce anxiety.

But I have no answers to offer children.

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