The group ‘Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America’ held their second rally to raise awareness for what organizer Karen Irvin calls common sense gun legislation.
“Not only raises that awareness but focuses the ten people who were killed locally in our community by gun violence within the past eighteen months.” said Irvin
‘Wear Orange’ to end gun violence has been around since 2013.
“Wear orange started as an event that was put together by friends in the Chicago area of a student named Hidaya Pendleton who was killed by a stray bullet before she was even sixteen years old.” said Irvin
At Anderson Park in Normal, it was a day of highs and lows as parents of victims came together with community leaders to share their stories and push for tougher gun laws in Illinois.
“We have to do something, we can no longer just sit by. We have an epidemic. We can no longer carry on like this is the new normal.” said Diane White, a fellow organizer
“Survivors also mean the people whose lives have been impacted.” said Irvin
Victims of gun violence in the Twin Cities were remembered by t-shirts, including Trevonte Kirkwood, who was killed outside his home last October. His mother spoke to a packed pavilion about continuing to fight against violence.
“It’s a beautiful thing. It’s a powerful thing. And like I said until you go through something like this you don’t really know. And to see all these individuals coming together to stand strong for something that we know is right, there’s no words for that.” said Dameca Kirkwood
“I think the question that all of us need to be asking is am I doing all I can to prevent gun violence.” said White