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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Christian Kimbrough

I was tragically shot in the head when I was 13 years old with a firearm that was left at a friend’s house. I didn’t even know the guy that shot me (who was older than me) for a full 24 hours before he decided to pull the trigger.

I had to learn how to walk, talk, move the right side of my body, and also eat again. I got shot on December 18, 2005, and woke up out of my coma on that faithful December 25th – Christmas Day. I had to go to physical and speech therapy for months after my release from the hospital. Most individuals typically look at being shot as a bad thing, but I look at it as a blessing.

Now, I get to share my story with the youth at the most pivotal age there is, which is the “middle school” age. I even get to share it with doctors and hospitals. I share that being aware of your surroundings is important; proper gun safety is vital; and embracing your scars, no matter what, is crucial.

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