Minnesota United today announced their support of National Gun Violence Awareness Day through a pair of club initiatives. Also known as #WearOrange Day, the day is designed to show support of the gun violence awareness movement and honor survivors and victims of gun violence. As a symbol of their support, MNUFC is releasing a limited-edition “United Against Gun Violence” T-shirt. MNUFC and Fanatics will be donating all of the proceeds from shirt sales to Everytown for Gun Safety.
Along with the proceeds raised for Everytown, Allianz Field will also be lit up with the color orange this evening. Fans can join in the club’s support of National Gun Violence Awareness Day by purchasing the limited-edition “United Against Gun Violence”shirt online or in the Black and Blue Team store for $30.
National Gun Violence Awareness Day was first observed on June 2, 2015. This day was selected to honor Hadiya Pendelton, who was shot and killed in Chicago just a week after she performed at President Obama’s second presidential inauguration. June 2, 2015 would have been Pendelton’s 18th birthday. Now, National Gun Violence Awareness Day falls on the first Friday every June.
The day calls for people to #WearOrange as a symbol of the color hunters wear in the woods to remain safe from other hunters, as well as to honor the life and legacy of Hadiya Pendelton.
In an effort to combat gun violence, organizations like Everytown for Gun Safety are working to bring violence intervention to communities. Everytown for Gun Safety is the largest nationwide gun violence prevention organization. They are dedicated to introducing evidence-based solutions to communities nationwide. Everytown works both locally and nationally, helping individual communities and demanding action through legislation.
Minnesota Gun Violence Statistics:
- In an average year, 462 people die by guns in Minnesota. The rate of gun homicides increased 113% from 2011 to 2020, compared to a 70% increase nationwide.
- An average of 41 children and teens die by guns every year, of which 55% of these deaths are suicides and 39% are homicides.