Gun violence is a worldwide issue, but in the United States, it is particularly unique. Written into our constitution is the right to bear arms — a right that a certain segment of the population, along with organizations backed by major dollars, thinks should be unfettered. The lack of regulation and the partisan, politically-charged conversation behind it have had devastating results: We live in a country where, according to Everytown, an organization that researches and aims to reduce gun violence, about three million children witness gun violence a year, a third of homicides are gun deaths, and two-thirds of suicides are carried out with firearms.
The repercussions in the U.S. are staggering. We lead the world in firearm ownership — and mass shootings. This is why it’s more important than ever to raise awareness about the issue and promote responsible gun ownership and positive change. Whether or not you think people should be allowed to even have guns, the majority of the population in the U.S. agrees that we need more regulations on them. A 2019 Pew Research survey found that 60 percent of Americans think gun laws should be stricter.
June 5 is National Gun Violence Awareness Day, and to honor that, Wear Orange, an organization created in the pursuit of gun violence prevention, is asking people to show themselves wearing the color on social media in support of the initiative. The movement was started by friends of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old girl who was shot and killed on a playground in Chicago on January 21, 2013, a week after marching in former President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Parade. As a tribute to her life, her friends decided to make a statement against gun violence by wearing orange. They chose the color as it is the same one hunters wear to protect themselves.
Since then, the movement has expanded with hundreds of thousands of people showing their support for the call to curb gun violence in America with the hashtag #WearOrange. You can add us at Allure to the list.
To show solidarity, a few of our staffers created orange beauty looks to make a statement. No matter where you stand on the Second Amendment, it’s very clear that something’s got to change.
Jihan Forbes, editor, Allure.com
“A sad fact of living in a major city is that you expect to be around at least one instance of gun violence in your life. But I was never so deeply affected by it until one of my oldest friends was shot outside a nightclub in Asheville, North Carolina, sustaining injuries that left him paralyzed from the shoulders down. When I got news of what happened to him, I had an overwhelming feeling of rage. I was angry that his life had been so drastically changed in this way. I was mostly angry, though, that we live in a country where we prioritize people’s so-called ‘right’ to access dangerous firearms with barely any restrictions over people being able to live full lives.