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To bring attention to the issue of gun violence, everyone is encouraged to wear orange this weekend

Each year, more than 35,000 people in America are killed and 80,000 are injured by gunfire

Senator Murray: “…across the country we have seen gun violence in every community, from Sante Fe, Texas, to Parkland, Florida, to here in our state, in way too many communities… It’s time for us to stand up and join together and fight back”

***WATCH VIDEO HERE***

(Tacoma, WA)  – In a new video message, Sen. Murray is encouraging people in Washington state to wear orange this weekend to bring attention to the issue of gun violence. The call to action comes after Sen. Murray joined her colleagues in Congress to introduce a resolution in the House and the Senate establishing the weekend of June 1-3 as “National Gun Violence Awareness Weekend” and designating June as “National Gun Violence Awareness Month.”

Every day in America, around 300 men, women, and children are shot, nearly one-third of them fatally.  Establishing a month to bring attention to the issue of gun violence honors the thousands of Americans who are victims of gun violence every year. The resolution also urges citizens and community leaders to concentrate heightened attention on gun violence during June, when gun violence typically spikes at the start of the summer months, and to work together to make our communities safer from this violence.

Watch Sen. Murray’s video message HERE. 

Text of Sen. Murray’s video remarks below:

“This weekend I urge you to join me in recognizing National Gun Violence Awareness Weekend.

“You know, across the country we have seen gun violence in every community, from Sante Fe, Texas, to Parkland, Florida, to here in our state-- in way too many communities.”

“It’s time for us to stand up and join together and fight back. It’s not going to be easy. We have tremendous obstacles in front of us. But I believe if we come together we can finally begin to address this critical issue in our country. So wear orange with me June 2nd for Gun Violence Awareness Weekend.”