Gun control rallies continue in Foley Square for Wear Orange Weekend
NEW YORK — Gun control rallies throughout the Tri-State Area are marking Wear Orange Weekend.
The effort this year comes on the heels of mass shootings at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas and a Tops grocery store in Buffalo.
Organizers say greater than 110 individuals are killed by weapons and greater than 200 are wounded every day in the U.S.
From Newtown, Connecticut to Summit, New Jersey, cities throughout the Tri-State are carrying orange this weekend to honor survivors and victims of what they are saying is a public well being disaster, CBS2’s Christina Fan reported Saturday.
“We heard the gunshots go off and we were told to hide and it’s just very personal to me,” mentioned Brooke Kinsey, a junior at Newtown High School who survived the Sandy Hook Elementary School taking pictures in 2012.
The horror remains to be vivid for Kinsey and her sister. Both survived the fateful day in 2012 when a shooter killed 20 youngsters and 6 educators in their college.
“It just, you know, still shocks me that we’re here almost 10 years later and it’s still happening around us,” Kinsey mentioned.
The sisters joined a sea of orange on Friday outdoors Town Hall in Newtown for the beginning of Wear Orange Weekend – a three-day motion that pushes for a future free from gun violence.
“I don’t want your sympathy or your kind thoughts. I want to feel safe,” one other highschool pupil mentioned.
Rallies additionally took over streets in New York City on Friday. Chopper 2 flew above college students strolling out of their classroom in Crown Heights. A bunch of fogeys demonstrated on Madison Avenue.
“We’re mothers from the same community. We felt helpless, shattered, didn’t know what to do, where to go,” mentioned Zara Terez Tisch.
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The Wear Orange group mentioned 40,000 individuals have been killed with weapons and 85,000 are shot and wounded each year.
Advocates hope Congress is extra impressed to behave following final month’s bloodbath in Texas the place 19 youngsters and two academics died.
“I’m sad to see all the children who haven’t been able to grow up to my age yet,” mentioned Oldany Colot, a seventh grader.
Saturday’s occasion at Foley Square begins with speeches and music at midday and ends with a march throughout the Brooklyn Bridge.