Community members don orange to support an end to gun violence Featured

Moms Demand Action members and supporters pose together for a group photo at Saturday's community event. Moms Demand Action members and supporters pose together for a group photo at Saturday's community event. Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News

As Saturday is Gun Safety Awareness Day in Emporia, Moms Demand Action organized a community celebration to commemorate the event.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense is a national organization dedicated to the fight for public safety measures to help protect people from gun violence. Saturday's celebration comes the day after national "Wear Orange Day," which was conceived to honor the memory of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton who lost her life to gun violence.

Saturday's celebration saw members of the organization and numerous community members adorned in the color orange enjoying games, community and ice cream together. Lawrence resident and Emporia native Leslie Milton began the local Moms chapter in Emporia.

She says contrary to popular belief Moms Demand Action are not against citizens utilizing their second amendment rights, their mission is simply to ensure everyone does so safely and responsibly.

Milton also took time to discuss two new initiatives from Moms Demand Action this year. The first is promoting the stories and voices of gun violence survivors.

The second initiative is to expand the diversity of their membership to include more individuals of non-English speaking backgrounds. Milton says regardless of race, religion or culture everyone has a story to share.

While the organization is named Moms Demand Action, Milton says membership is open to anyone and everyone seeking to aid in their mission. Anyone interested in joining the group can text JOIN to 64433 or visit momsdemandaction.org.

Photos from Saturday's celebration are available with this story online at KVOE.com.

 

Photos by Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News 

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