Many people in Wisconsin are wearing orange to send a message about gun violence. In Madison, the Reverend Jerry Hancock is coordinating the second-annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day.
“Many people call gun violence an epidemic, and if it is an epidemic, then we need to treat it like that and work limit exposure to gun violence,” Hancock says.
Two years ago, teenagers in Chicago asked classmates to honor their murdered friend, Hadiya Pendleton, by wearing her favorite color, orange. In Wisconsin, Milwaukee and Appleton will also be participating in this event, which includes orange lighting on many buildings tonight.
“We just need to do all we can to raise awareness and to talk about some very common sense things we can do to lower the exposure to gun violence, particulary uiniversal background checks and limiting access to weapons made for war,” says Hancock.