By Charles J. Davis
“There has to be a limit to how much we can deal with in our society.” These words were spoken by Gay Valmont, the Deputy Chapter Leader for Moms Demand Action for Pensacola, this past Saturday at the Gun Violence Community Cookout.
Hosted by Greater Little Rock Baptist Church, the Wear Orange Day event was aimed to help bring awareness and prevent gun violence. With plenty of community individuals in attendance there was joy and knowledge being shared among everybody
Prior to the cookout, the Wear Orange participants painted the Graffiti Bridge in solidarity with gun awareness.
Wear Orange Day began when Hadiya Pendleton’s friends wore this color in her honor after she was shot and killed by a stray bullet in Chicago on January 29, 2013. Pendleton had sung at former President Barack Obama’s second inauguration a week before. It was after that incident that the entire country stood up and agreed that people should speak out and raise awareness about gun violence.
Moms Demand Action was created by Shannon Watts, a stay at home mom, in response to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School which occurred on December 14, 2012 when 28 students and teachers were slain. The organization’s goal is to demand action from state and federal legislators, companies as well as educational institutions to establish common-sense gun reforms.
“We kept guns off campus, out of K -12 schools, and out of airports! We’ve done a lot of good but we have long way to go,” said Valmont.
With gun related incidents hitting an astounding 26,402 since January 2017, it can be safe to say that the Gun Violence Awareness campaign is bringing gun violence to the forefront of all communities throughout the country.
Valmont goes on to say that the biggest thing we can do to curb gun violence, particularly in our area of Pensacola, is getting people to secure their weapons. “From leaving them in their car and having them stolen, we need to make sure that responsible gun owners be responsible. We need to make sure that kids, if you see something, say something. Don’t get a gun and play around with it. Educate your kids about not touching guns,” said Valmont.
Both organizations have web sites the public can review for additional information as well as to submit donations. Wear Orange at: https://wearorange.org/donate-partners/ and Moms Demand Action at: https://momsdemandaction.org/.