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National Gun Violence Awareness Day: Wear Orange Weekend

Posted at 8:00 AM, Jun 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-01 11:00:19-04

Wear Orange Weekend begins Friday as more than 400 events will take place across the country through the weekend in honor of National Gun Violence Awareness Day. 

The event began five years ago to honor Hadiya Pendleton who was 15-years-old when she was shot and killed in Chicago just one week after performing at President Barack Obama's second inaugural parade. 

In 2006, Deborah Parker says her 19-year-old daughter Lindsay was shot during a drive-by shooting at a party, leaving behind her 9-month-old daughter. 

"We are just slaughtering each other at an alarming rate," she said. "We need to change the laws so guns don't go into the hands of dangerous people and we have rules and it is too easy to circumvent those rules and those laws and just go to a person at a McDonald's parking lot and purchase a gun... we have done our children a disservice by allowing these things to continue to happen."

On Saturday, the Tucson Wear Orange event will be held at the YWCA on Bonita Avenue. 

There will be voter registration, a documentary will be shown called "Under the Gun," followed by a vigil with speakers of gun violence.  

The event is from 3-8 p.m. and Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and council member Steve Kozachik will be in attendance.

Parker says the color orange was chosen because that is the color hunters wear and the color reflects the value of human life. 

Some big names that supported the national event last year include President Barack Obama, Julianne Moore, Kim Kardashian West and Amy Schumer.

More than 100 mayors nationwide are expected to participate in the campaign this year. 

To find an event near you, click here.