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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Jazyire Sims

Hello, my name is Jazyire Sims, and I would like to share my story about surviving gun violence. I was shot in my stomach at the age of five, while I was playing outside with my younger brother. I remember bleeding everywhere, holding something that belonged in my stomach, and it was just honestly the worst thing I ever experienced.

My mom lost custody of all her kids when I got shot, and I blamed myself for her going to jail and my siblings and me being separated. For a while, I wished I died when I got shot — until I understood that none of it was my fault. I was a child at the time, and it was my parents’ responsibility to protect me.

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