CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford Township Committee proclaimed June 2, 2017 as National Gun Violence Awareness Day in a proclamation at their last meeting.

The proclamation was presented to Patti Fico, Alice Fahey and Jennifer Gilman of “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.”

“This is probably one of the most divisive topics in our country,” Deputy Mayor Patrick Giblin said. “This group promotes the 2nd Amendment, but aims to take guns out of the wrong hands.”

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The proclamation was presented to Patti Fico, Alice Fahey and Jennifer Gilman of “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.”

The committee members all wore orange ribbons to honor victims and survivors of gun violence. The color orange symbolizes human life and is the color that hunters wear to identify other hunters in the woods, according to the proclamation.

“I think it’s very easy to say that these things happen in other places,” Fico said. “But they don’t happen here until they do.

As of May 23, there have been 5,868 gun deaths and 11,522 injuries by gun this year. More than 1,000 of those death have been of children between ages 0 and 17, and more than 40 of those deaths were caused unintentionally, Fico said.

“Hard conversations have to start,” Fico said. “Let’s come together to have these conversations in the hope that everyone makes it home every day.”

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has also proclaimed June 2, 2017 as Gun Violence Awareness Day throughout the county.