Just one day removed from the fatal shooting in Virginia Beach, activists gathered in Johnson City at Founders Park on Saturday morning to speak out against gun violence.
The Tri-Cities group of the Tennessee chapter for the Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown Gun Safety, hosted an event this weekend to recognize “Wear Orange Weekend.”
“Wear Orange” is a national initiative that started in 2013 in Chicago to reduce gun violence in America.
Johnson City Mayor Jenny Brock signed a proclamation declaring June 7 as Gun Violence Awareness Day in Johnson City during Saturday’s event.
Brock stressed the importance of gun safety nationwide, even mentioning Friday’s tragic shooting from Virginia Beach.
“We’ve had a horrific incident where city hall in Virginia Beach, Virginia. It really hits home to us here. You can’t even think how something like this could happen,” said Mayor Brock.
Brock reading the proclamation out loud, saying in part,
“Whereas the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported 38,949 firearm deaths,” the mayor then adding, “but now we must add 12 to that from yesterday…Therefore, I Jenny Brock Mayor of the city Johnson City hereby proclaim June 7th, 2019 to be National Gun Violence Awareness Day.”
Members of Moms Demand Action lead the charge for Saturdays signing, promoting gun safety across America and in the Tri-Cities.
Group member Jessica Joyner said that the groups’ stance isn’t about Amendment rights.
“I am a mom, and I am heavily involved with Moms Demand Action. Moms Demand Action does support the Second Amendment. I am a gun owner. We are not anti-gun or gun control. We are gun violence prevention just to reduce the numbers,” said Joyner.
The group is asking everyone to wear orange on June 7th for National Gun Violence Awareness Day.
Moms Demand Action will be at Carver Park from 1 PM -3 PM next Saturday to remember gun violence victims and survivors.