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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John Anthony Aguirre

On June 29, 2022, I was shot while trying to help a friend. It changed my life in many ways. I haven’t been able to work since the shooting, so I lost everything. I feel very alone, so I can’t really talk to anyone. I’m lucky to be alive for sure. I was hit in the leg, so I have a badly fractured leg that has developed blood clots.

I did not know the man. He was in a scuffle with a friend standing next to me. When I saw the gun pointed at me, I tried to knock it away. It was against my leg when he pulled the trigger. As another man started shooting, I was trying to escape. I wanted to run out of the house, but I couldn’t even walk, so I crawled out. Had I been able to run, I would be dead: They were shooting at chest height, and I was low to the ground, crawling to safety.

I’m 57 years old, from Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

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