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Wear Orange campaign: Vigil, march held in the Bay Area this weekend demanding tougher gun laws

DALY CITY, Calif. (KGO) — In the wake of recent deadly mass shootings across the country, hundreds of people in the Bay Area marched across the Golden Gate Bridge on Sunday, calling for an end to gun violence.

The group is calling for tougher federal gun laws, but getting there remains an uphill political battle.

Hundreds of people dressed in orange walked across the Golden Gate Bridge to honor victims of gun violence and call for increased gun safety. Dominique Reeves brought her children.

“I’m just here in solidarity with everyone trying to get guns off the streets and out of children’s hands and make our schools safer,” Reeves said.

Dontae Ivory has lost two loved ones to gun violence.

“I know what it’s like for a family to be murdered with senseless violence, our children affected, we’ve had enough,” Ivory said.

The event, held on National Gun Violence Awareness Day, was organized by Moms Demand Action, just days after a deadly shooting claimed the lives of 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde , in Texas.

This week, President Biden again called for an assault weapons ban and enhanced background checks. A House committee approving a bill that would raise the age limit to 21 for buying semi-automatic rifles. A full house vote is scheduled for next week, but the bill is unlikely to pass the Senate.

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“Their real beef is with the Second Amendment,” said Republican Congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio.

“I hope there will be a cathartic moment for the Senate, I pray for that moment but we will not stop if that moment does not happen,” said

Peninsula Democratic MP Jackie Speier, a survivor of gun violence, led Sunday’s march. She hopes there will be a political compromise, to keep schools and society safe.

“If we had 100 people dying every day in a plane crash, Congress would act, but somehow, because that happens with guns, is that okay? is not good,” Speier said.

Daly City leaders held a vigil to honor those killed in the recent mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas. The Friday evening event included the community’s call to action to end gun violence.

WATCH: Vigil held in Daly City calling for Texas shooting victims

Those present said the distance from the mass shooting scenes did little to lessen the trauma felt here in the Bay Area.

“I can’t even believe this is happening,” Daly City resident Angelina Burciaga said through tears as she addressed mass shooting after mass shooting.

Burciaga, her husband and their 6-year-old son joined city leaders and others at City Hall for the vigil.

“It’s from a youngster who said, ‘Can we have something in Daly City? ‘” Council member Juslyn Manalo explained. “That’s really how it happened.”

A small request, but a substantial call to action. The crowd demanded that Congress do something. And at the local level, shared hope that the community would too.

San Mateo County is holding a gun buyback, scheduled for Saturday in south San Francisco.

The gun buyback takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 4, 1050 Mission Road, South San Francisco.

Residents who carry firearms unloaded and in the trunk of their car will receive $100 for handguns, shotguns and rifles. $200 will be paid for assault weapons and “ghost” weapons.

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“We have to make sure we get these assault rifles off the street,” county supervisor David Canepa said. “They kill our children, and they just kill people in general.”

Daly Mayor Dr. Rod Daus-Magbual told ABC7 News: “We’re tired. We’re tired of saying prayers. I’m tired of having a candlelight vigil. It’s too late for that. “

Friday’s vigil coincided with National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

In the South Bay, San Jose Sharks president Jonathan Becher launched a social media video messagewhich read in part, “Most of the time we’re ‘Teal Together’, today we’re ‘Orange Together’.”

Across the country, people are encouraged to wear orange this weekend, to honor victims of gun violence.

In San Jose, there is added significance after the area suffered two mass shootings in the past three years. Three people were killed at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in 2019. Nine people were killed in the VTA train yard shooting in 2021.

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Heather Hooper is the Social Impact Director for the Sharks. She said the Wear Orange weekend is also an opportunity for major franchises to use their platforms for change.

“As a professional sports team, members of the community really rely on us to talk about issues like this,” Hooper explained. “And to have a position and to unite. And the sport has this really unique way of bringing people together.”

She added: “It is our responsibility to inspire people and to encourage people to have the conversation, to come together, to ask themselves in the wake of these tragedies, what can we do? How can we make a positive difference to us? And not just have that conversation, but then take action to make the change happen.”

For Burciaga in Daly City, the answer to these questions is essential.

While the recent tragedies have happened remotely, she knows that doesn’t mean it can’t happen at home.

“You’re just scared to get a phone call or see the news or something that happens…and you’re going to have to rush,” Burciaga said.

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