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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Laura Fletcher

I had a feeling that the news wouldn’t be good when I saw a favorite cousin’s name on our caller ID. It wasn’t close to a holiday, and there were no showers or birthday parties coming up, so I returned the call upstairs, where it was quiet. All I remember after dialing was rocking on the floor, listening to someone I love say “shot…spinal cord… robbery…palliative care…quadriplegic…search for the shooter…”

Over the next weeks, I realized that when I used to hear that someone survived a shooting, I’d respond with a prayer of thanksgiving and think they were fine. The reality is that for every bullet wound, there are usually dozens of people traumatized, often multiple surgeries and sometimes a lifetime of medical care. I still say prayers of thanksgiving. But now I work to prevent shootings, including supporting common-sense legislation and education on safe storage.

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