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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Nikole Tutton

In memory of Laura Garrison

I’m a two-time gun violence survivor. The first time happened when I was six, during a fight between my mother and her first husband that had escalated into a beating. When I called for help on the telephone, my stepfather stuck a shotgun in my face and told me to hang up and go back to my room. I did, but only after I told my father to come and get us.

In the 1980s, my mother got remarried. Laura was the oldest of my five new step-siblings and the tiniest. She was five feet one inch tall with deep auburn hair, dark brown eyes, and a deep, throaty voice with a laugh like maple syrup.

On July 7, 1990, she was shot in the forehead with a .38 in front of her two children, aged two and four. Her assailant came to the hospital and shot himself in front of the cafeteria. My four-year-old nephew called 911, and Laura lived for six weeks in ICU. I will never forget seeing her tiny body and the gruesome injuries that she suffered because of gun violence. Every day I saw her and held her hand until she died from infection.

Not one more.

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