Today is National Gun Violence Awareness Day.
We know sometimes it feels like there’s nothing one person can do in the face of tragedy after tragedy, but thanks to non-profit Everytown for Gun Safety, we now have a strong symbolic act. And it’s easy.
Just the simple act of wearing orange, and letting everyone — including you local legislators — know exactly why you’re doing it.
Many celebs have shown their support with some bright outfits to shine a light on a subject no one wants to talk about in the absence of a tragedy and no one wants to talk about in one’s wake.
See why Lena Dunham, Elizabeth Banks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kim Kardashian West‘s avatar, and more decided to #WearOrange (below)!
I will #WearOrange today in support of National Gun Violence Awareness Day. pic.twitter.com/M8HZDWqkao
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) June 2, 2017
I #WearOrange for Ronique Williams. One of the 93 killed, and hundreds injured by gun violence every day in America.
— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) June 2, 2017
I #WearOrange for JaJuan McDowell. One of the 93 killed, and hundreds injured by gun violence every day in America. pic.twitter.com/iywsDLpm4J
— Keegan-Michael Key (@KeeganMKey) June 2, 2017
I have 2 young children and I #WearOrange b/c America kids deserve better #GunSense laws @Everytown @MomsDemand pic.twitter.com/fIuDVDB3r1
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) June 2, 2017
#WearOrange today! Join in the fight to end gun violence. More details at https://t.co/XB7w0ABCWm pic.twitter.com/zjRI4BwcTg
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) June 2, 2017
I #WearOrange for Julie Kim (23) & Jaqcui Draffkorn (5), two of the 93 killed and hundreds injured by gun violence every day in America. pic.twitter.com/njoki7giMh
— Troian (@SleepintheGardn) June 2, 2017
Today we #wearorange for gun violence awareness. Post a photo of you in orange and tag me. #everytown #gunviolenceawareness @everytown pic.twitter.com/RyVlR2LarQ
— Ian Harding (@IANMHARDING) June 2, 2017
I #WearOrange for National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Join me: https://t.co/scndEMaITQ pic.twitter.com/y63Y2rn3CO
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) June 2, 2017
And of course, we had to show our support!
On Wednesdays we wear pink, but today we #WearOrange in support of #NationalGunViolenceAwarenessDay. Join us and… https://t.co/6y9AkpvPse pic.twitter.com/GcwVLYffJz
— Perez (@ThePerezHilton) June 2, 2017
Some politicians got in on the act too:
Today, I #WearOrange to mark National Gun Violence Awareness Day. We have a moral responsibility to take action. pic.twitter.com/LIT0QXGrbt
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) June 2, 2017
Proud to #WearOrange in honor of Gun Violence Prevention Day, and in loving support of all the victims of this senseless, tragic epidemic. pic.twitter.com/g1OBE8DQMc
— Senator Ben Cardin (@SenatorCardin) June 2, 2017
I #wearorange for the thousands of Americans killed by gun violence every year. pic.twitter.com/hKQxYuGWvD
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) June 2, 2017
But leading the charge was not a political activist; it was acclaimed actress Julianne Moore, who posted multiple photos highlighting real victims of gun violence.
Finally, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention some folks who aren’t wearing orange but chose instead to use their voices in another way — by participating in a pop/rock concept album called GUNS.
With the help of Eric McCormack, Terrence Mann, Frances Fisher, and more, GUNS will touch on many angles of America’s relationship with its 300 million firearms.
See the striking teaser (below)!
The album launches on June 22, with all proceeds going to Everytown.
How will you chow your support for smarter gun control laws??