MILLBURN, NJ - In conjunction with a nation-wide proclamation, the Millburn Township Committee Declared Friday, June 7 National Gun Violence Awareness Day.
Several local residents affiliated with Moms Demand Action were on-hand to receive the proclamation. in it, the township noted that every day, almost 100 Americans on average are killed by guns and are 25 times more likely to be killed with guns than in other developed countries.
To raise awareness, the proclamation requested that residents wear orange as a show of support for gun violence prevention measures. The act has its origins in hunting clothes. Hunters wear orange to signify to others that they are not to be shot at, and that has been co-opted by the movement.
The gesture itself stems from the friends of a young woman named Hadiya Pendleton. Weeks after marching at President Barack Obama's 2012 inauguration, Pendleton was shot and killed. Her friends began wearing the color orange for the reason mentioned above, and the movement spread.
As part of the proclamation, Millburn's Township Committee pledged to renew their commitment to reducing gun violence, as well as pledging to endorse and encourage responsible gun ownership.