Mayor Henry proclaims June 2 to be National Gun Violence Awareness Day
● By Steven Hoffman
Oxford Borough mayor Geoffrey L. Henry has proclaimed June 2 to be National Gun Violence Awareness Day, a day “ to honor and remember all victims and survivors of gun violence and to declare that we, as a country, must do more to reduce gun violence.”
When he issued the proclamation, Henry noted that every day 88 Americans, on average, are killed as a result of gun violence. Americans are 20 times more likely to be murdered with guns than people in other developed countries.
The proclamation also said that support for the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens goes hand-in-hand with keeping guns away from dangerous people.
June 2 would have been the 18th birthday of Hadiya Pendleton, a teenager who marched in President Obama’s second inaugural parade and was tragically shot and killed just weeks later.
Henry's proclamation states that, “To help honor Hadiya – and the 88 Americans whose lives are cut short and the countless survivors who are injured by shootings every day – a national coalition of organizations has designated June 2, 2015, as the first annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day.”
As part of the national effort, residents are asked to wear orange on June 2 to help raise awareness about gun violence.