LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – State lawmakers are still dealing with how to respond to gun violence in the wake of several mass school shootings and since the beginning of this year, several rallies have taken place to bring awareness to the issue.
Today was no different. People in cities across the country, including here in Lansing got together to remember those who lost their lives due to gun violence.
“After my father’s death, I decided it was my duty to seek a greater understanding of gun violence and how it affects families and communities throughout the nation,” said Lesley Lebrun.
Lebrun is a survivor of gun violence. She says both her father and brother were killed by a firearm years ago and today, she’s stands in solidarity with this group of people to bring awareness to the issue.
“The goal of today is to bring awareness to the crisis that we are in our country where we are losing 96 Americans a day to gun violence, 7 of those being children,” said Lebrun; Survivor membership lead for the Michigan Chapter of Mom’s Demand Action.
But why wear the color orange? Organizers say it’s to symbolize the value of human life.
“We really want to say that, that we can build a culture where we don’t need gun violence, where we can have community and solidarity and conflict free from gun violence,” Katie See stated; Rally coordinator.
This rally paid tribute to those who lost their lives because of gun violence and it also helped to bring comfort to those who are dealing with tragedy.
“That’s part of what “Wear Orange Day” is about, to honor those who survived the trauma of both people who were shot and survived, and family members who are suffering their whole lives because of the sudden loss of someone through the trauma of gun violence,” said See.
Something that hits particularly close to home for Richard Cummings who’s grandson was shot and killed just a few months ago. This senseless act has prompted him to call for change in the culture when it comes to gun violence.
“Reasonable gun laws, alright, are things that will prevent guns from coming in to the hands of those who should not have guns. But it’s going to take people who are concerned to take as much action as they can whether that be protesting, getting laws passed, electing people,” said Cummings.
Those rallying say they’ll continue fighting until things change.