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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Lawrence Lambert

I was robbed at gunpoint while in college.

Although that happened many years ago — over 30, in fact — I still remember every detail, every word spoken and how I felt afterwards, sitting in the back of a police car telling and retelling what happened.

I still remember hearing “Hey, turn around,” then turning and staring down the barrel of that gun. I still remember the thoughts racing through my mind while the perpetrators walked me through the building, gun shoved in my back, towards my apartment. I remember devising how I was going to fight back and thinking of all the potential results if I did: Would they pull me down the stairs? Would I be shot in the back? And would I, at the age of 23, spend the rest of my life paralyzed if they did?

They didn’t shoot me: Something spooked them. They left — with $1 and a leather jacket — and only beat me in the face with a lead pipe.

For years I rarely mentioned it, and then, never in detail. This is the first time. After Aurora, I posted a bid on my Facebook page, never mentioning my own experience. After Parkland, I began speaking out constantly.

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