Today is Gun Violence Awareness Day, and I’m happy to stand with organizations like Protect MN, Moms Demand Action, and Everytown for Gun Safety in their work to eliminate gun violence in our communities. Of course, we can’t afford to ignore this issue for the other 364 days in a year. We can’t ignore the fact on an average day in America, that 93 people are killed with guns. We can’t ignore the fact that each month there are an average of 1,000 gun homicides in our country. And we can’t ignore the fact that the pain of gun violence isn’t shared evenly—black men are 14 times more likely than white men to be killed by a gun.
And behind every one of these numbers is a tragedy, a family torn apart, a traumatized community. I’ve seen this trauma as I’ve spoken to grieving parents, siblings and even grandchildren here in Minneapolis. We can’t afford to ignore their stories.
Tomorrow, I’m joining Protect MN, Everytown for Gun Safety, and leaders and community members from across Minneapolis at a Wear Orange for Gun Violence Awareness Rally, at 10:00am in North Commons Park. Together, we’ll share stories of truth and of hope: true stories the impact of gun violence on our lives, and the stories and strategies that give us hope for a better future. Gun violence in our city can and will end, and I invite you to join us tomorrow to talk about how we can work together toward that end. You can click here to read more about what Minneapolis is doing to combat gun violence, go to Enough MPLS on Facebook to support a local project using art to tell these stories, and visit everytown.org to learn more about the #WearOrange project.
Today is Gun Violence Awareness Day, and I hope you’ll #WearOrange to show your support. I hope you’ll join us tomorrow at North Commons Park, and I hope you’ll join the national movement of people fighting every day to end gun violence in our communities.