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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Dustin

It was July 10, 2020, and I had been experiencing auditory hallucinations — voices that kept demanding I kill myself. I spent most of that day pleading to my mom that “they” were going to kill me, but I couldn’t collect my thoughts and really relay exactly who “they” were.

My mother was in the bathroom, and I ran down the hall to plead with her one more time to help me. She couldn’t help because I was making no sense. I quickly ran back to the living room and called my cousin to tell him I could help him with some errands that he’d asked me to help with the day prior. I did this because I didn’t want my mom to be alone after I took my own life.

I pulled a chair into the living room as I yelled “goodbye” to my mom. Just as I was in position, my dog came running and jumped in my lap. I remember falling to the floor and being unable to talk; I lost most my cheek and corner mouth.

I was later diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, which I take medication for now.

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