9 Celebrities Supporting National Gun Awareness Day By Donning Orange Clothes & Honoring Victims Of Firearm Violence
Tuesday marks the first ever National Gun Violence Awareness Day, and the Twitterverse is ablaze with the color orange in support of victims of gun violence. Many people and celebrities have celebrated National Gun Violence Awareness Day by posting photos of themselves wearing orange — the color hunters use to protect themselves from accidentally being shot.
Gun violence has become a complex and popular issue in light of the multitude of school shootings in recent years. A 2014 article published in The Washington Post revealed that there have been at least 44 school shootings since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012. That averages out to be more than three per month across 24 states. At least 28 people have died, and 37 have been injured. In shootings in which the shooter's age was known, 70 percent were minors.
However, gun violence stretches further than school shootings. According to a large piece published by USA Today, since 2006 there have been more than 200 mass shootings in the United States. The Washington Post reports that 2015 has already seen almost 400 fatal police shootings. The tragedies have sparked the creation of a day to honor the victims, and have the support from countless individuals on social media.
National Gun Violence Awareness Day was launched when two Chicago girls wanted to support their friend, Hadiya Pendleton, who was shot in 2013, according to Newsweek. Many public figures agreed to wear orange. Here are nine celebrities who joined in.
Sarandon modeled a "Wear Orange" shirt and used her celebrity power for good.
The songwriter and musician joined in on the fun. An orange outfit likely would have clashed with his hair.
O'Hare is just one of the actors who got on board with the #WearOrange hashtag.
The Arrested Development actor wore orange and encouraged his followers to do the same.
Bloom is a famous civil rights attorney, NBC legal analyst, and host of Lisa Bloom: Open Court. She continued her activism by supporting the cause.
The frontman of Switchfoot embraced the orange filters while joining in the hoopla.
The food icon and Top Chef star took time out of her busy day to post this photo.
Nancy Pelosi And Other House Democrats
House Democrats gathered in a hearing, ready to protect women from domestic and gun violence.
The New York Mets
National Gun Violence Awareness Day was a great opportunity for the New York Mets baseball team to don orange. (They probably had a lot of orange clothing lying around!)
Basically, there's no shortage of public figures who want to be a part of the solution.