Wear Orange Rally in Hyannis to Remember Victims of Gun Violence

Wear Orange LogoHYANNIS – Advocates concerned about gun violence will gather Thursday night on Main Street in Hyannis for a rally observing National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

The “Wear Orange” Rally is sponsored by the Cape Cod Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

“It’s really to honor the lives of people that were killed unnecessarily, prematurely and to make people aware of what they can do,” said Margy Mahrdt, the local group leader of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

The national “Wear Orange” movement was inspired by the friends of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, who was shot and killed in Chicago in January of 2013.

“Last year was the first National Gun Violence Awareness Day and the students chose orange because it is the color that hunters wear in the woods to stay safe,” said Mahrdt.

Rally participants will gather at the Federated Church of Hyannis on Main Street at 6:30 p.m. before walking to Aselton Park. The event will feature guest speakers including Representative Brian Mannal and Kathleen Glueck, the president of Grandmothers Against Gun Violence.

Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America is a non-partisan movement of Americans that support common sense, middle-ground solutions to the problem of gun violence throughout the country. The group was formed after the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings in Connecticut and are now represented with groups in every state.

All are welcome to attend and are encouraged to wear orange.

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