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Local organizations mobilize against gun violence

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Local NAACP chapters have partnered with Moms Demand Action to raise awareness about gun violence. On Saturday, a group of people donned orange shirts and carried signs calling for gun reform in Big Spring Park.

Orange is a color used to signal gun violence awareness nationwide. Supporters say they are trying to create a safer world and orange makes sense as it is the color worn by hunters to protect themselves and others.

Wear Orange marches and rallies are taking place in cities across the country. The events all raise awareness of gun violence, but each is uniquely shaped by the local organizations that host it.

“I wanted it to be centered around community engagement because I think that’s the most important thing right now,” said Wear Orange event project coordinator Ava Greene.

In Huntsville, speakers affected by gun violence, moved by recent mass shootings and seeking to improve local gun safety measures addressed the gathered crowd.

“This is an opportunity for people to have their voices heard,” said Alabama Senate candidate Korey Wilson. “A lot of people I talk to as I go door to door, make phone calls, say we have things like background checks.”

The NAACP has several proposals to address gun violence, including requiring universal background checks, banning assault rifles, and enacting tougher penalties for gun traffickers.

“It doesn’t stop there. It’s hard work, but I believe that with enough of us, together, we can make lasting change,” said Greene.

Alabama NAACP President Benard Simelton said he hoped Saturday’s event would lead to future action.

“I hope this helps motivate people to take further action by calling their state senator, their U.S. congressman, their federal or state senators and talking about the subject of gun violence and not not let it die out,” Simelton said.

In an address on Thursday, President Biden called on Congress to pass measures to address gun violence in the United States, including banning assault weapons or raising the age to buy one from 18 to 21. year.


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