LANSING — A resolution introduced today by state Rep. Robert Wittenberg (D-Huntington Woods) declares June 1, 2018, as Gun Violence Awareness Day in the state of Michigan to honor and remember all victims and survivors of gun violence and to declare that the state must do more to reduce.

“We need to pass sensible gun legislation to stop preventable instances of gun violence,” Rep. Wittenberg said. “Gun violence prevention measures have worked in other states and they can work here too.”

In the years since the launch of Wear Orange and the first-ever National Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 2, 2015, the effort has reached millions of Americans. Wear Orange 2017 was bigger than ever, with more than 700 influencers, corporate brands, elected officials, partner organizations and a series of iconic landmarks joining the Wear Orange campaign to honor all survivors, remember those lost and to resolve to end gun violence. Classmates of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, a Chicago high school student killed by gunfire, started Wear Orange. They decided to honor her life by wearing the color hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others.

“There will be many events happening this weekend in Michigan and all around our country,” Rep. Wittenberg said. “Please attend them and wear orange to show your support. We must do better.”