Gun control advocates across the nation on Friday joined together to protest gun violence and call for stricter gun laws. President Barack Obama took to Twitter to encourage gun control advocates to keep pushing for changes in gun legislation.
This National Gun Violence Awareness Day, show your commitment to keeping our kids safe from gun violence. Then, for everyone we’ve lost, take action to change our leadership and our laws until they reflect that commitment - no matter how long it takes. https://t.co/lraIwlQAgl— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 1, 2018
Obama's progressive group, Organizing For America (OFA), also encouraged followers to join the #WearOrange campaign.
Today is National Gun Violence Awareness Day, and we're proud to be part of the #WearOrange coalition that's calling for meaningful action from Congress to #EndGunViolence. Find out how you can take action at https://t.co/kTp5dMgDgV. pic.twitter.com/KrPCHMeXi7— OFA (@OFA) June 1, 2018
The link on OFA's website tells followers to take a picture of them wearing orange, use one of the "Wear Orange 2018" photo frames and then upload it directly to the Wear Orange campaign's image gallery.
Other prominent Democratic leaders participated in the movement:
Too many American children will never have the opportunity to realize their dreams because their lives were cut short by a bullet. Our kids deserve to live free from the threat of gun violence. #WearOrange @Everytown @MomsDemand pic.twitter.com/SjacOKPgVv— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 1, 2018
Hadiya Pendleton was only 15 years old when she was shot and killed outside her school in Chicago. I #WearOrange today for Hadiya, for the 96 Americans who die every day from gun violence, and most importantly, to imagine a nation where we don’t accept this as normal. pic.twitter.com/kBs4UWKaOd— Gabrielle Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) June 1, 2018
Today we #WearOrange for the victims of gun violence and their friends and family who live each day missing them. How many more people must die - on our sidewalks, in our schools, in our churches - before Congress has the courage to act?— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) June 1, 2018
Enough is enough. pic.twitter.com/6Iy8zvPSJh
During my visit to Chicago today, I couldn’t help but think about Hadiya Pendleton, whose death in 2013 inspired #WearOrange. We have a moral duty to protect American families throughout this city & the country at large from this daily tragedy. #EndGunViolence pic.twitter.com/oSKJ2FggwB— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) June 1, 2018
And then celebrities even jumped in on the action:
My parents joined me to light the @empirestatebldg orange as part of National Gun Violence Awareness Day. #WearOrange is dedicated to honoring the lives of Americans affected by gun violence and elevating the voices of every American who demands an end to gun violence. pic.twitter.com/aqE5XgSSEB— Andy Cohen (@Andy) June 1, 2018
I #wearorange today for Jaime Guttenberg. She was 14 years old when she was murdered in the Parkland shooting. Jaimie loved to dance. It’s all she ever wanted to do. Please check out https://t.co/XmS1btjFiw. We won’t stop fighting in your honor, Jaime. #NoRA pic.twitter.com/HQyX3srB0D— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) June 1, 2018
It’s #NationalGunViolenceAwarenessDay & I #WearOrange because 96 people are shot and killed in an average day in America & for every 1 person killed with guns, 2 more are injured. As 9-year-old Yolanda Renee King said @ #marchforourlives, “I have a dream that enough is enough.” pic.twitter.com/6tsTIDptGW— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) June 1, 2018
Today, I #WearOrange to give a voice to the 96 Americans who die and the hundreds more who are injured by gun violence every single day. Why do you #WearOrange?— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) June 1, 2018
Text ORANGE to 644-33 to find a #WearOrange Weekend event near you. @Everytown pic.twitter.com/YPDhZ7U0YM