Gun Violence Awareness Day 2016


WHEREAS, Americans are 25 times more likely to be murdered with guns than people in other high-income countries; and

WHEREAS, support for the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens goes hand-in-hand with keeping guns away from dangerous people; and

WHEREAS, June 2nd, 2016, would have been the 19th birthday of Hadiya Pendleton, a teenager who marched in President Obama’s second inaugural parade and was tragically shot and killed just a few weeks later; and

WHEREAS, to honor Hadiya and all Americans whose lives are cut short by gun accidents and violence, and survivors of gun violence, June 2, 2016, was designated the second annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day; and

WHEREAS, National Gun Violence Awareness Day was inspired by a group of Hadiya’s friends who asked their classmates to commemorate her life by wearing orange—a color that symbolizes human life; and

WHEREAS, we renew our commitment to reduce gun violence, and pledge to do all we can to keep firearms out of the wrong hands, and to encourage responsible gun ownership to help keep our children safe; and

WHEREAS, Governor McAuliffe signed significant gun violence prevention legislation - the first since 1993 - that passed during the 2016 Session of the Virginia General Assembly; and

WHEREAS, on June 2, the Virginia Executive Mansion will be lit orange to recognize Gun Violence Awareness Day;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize June 2, 2016, as GUN VIOLENCE AWARENESS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.