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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When I was 6 years old, I lived on a military base. On Armed Forces Day, the kids on the base went together to climb on the planes, tanks, etc. A 17-year-old older brother of one of the kids picked us up to take us back home. There was a rifle in the back seat. We climbed into the car, and I was up against the door. One of the kids, an 8-year-old boy, picked up the gun and pointed it at me across the back seat. He said “Put your hands up, or I’ll shoot!”

I was a timid little girl, so I shrugged my shoulders. The gun went off, and the bullet went in and out of my shoulder into my jaw. I still have a scar in my jaw. I was lucky that it hit my shoulder and not my temple. If it had, I wouldn’t be alive to share this story. When my tough Marine dad arrived at the ER, he passed out cold upon seeing me. I don’t remember much after that. Safe storage could have prevented this!

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