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WEARING ORANGE: Many activists will wear orange at the marches. Wearing orange dates to 2013 when 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed in Chicago. Pendleton was an honor student who was killed in a case of mistaken identity a week after she performed at one of the events surrounding President Obama’s second inauguration. Her parents, Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton and Nathaniel Pendleton, ask gun reform advocates to wear orange to honor their daughter.
From the Wear Orange website:
We wear orange for Hadiya and to honor the more than 90 lives cut short and the hundreds more injured by gun violence every day — and to demand action. Orange is what hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others from harm. Orange is a bright, bold color that demands to be seen. Orange expresses our collective hope as a nation — a hope for a future free from gun violence.
The Wear Orange website is at https://wearorange.org/about/
REPORT ON THE NRA: The National Rifle Association (NRA) promotes itself as an organization whose purpose is to speak for gun owners. However, an extensive report by the watchdog group Bridge Project has revealed that this is a deception:
- Fewer than 10% of gun owners are NRA members and 62% of gun owners say the NRA does not represent their thinking on guns
- In direct opposition to NRA 74% of NRA households favor making private gun sales and gun show sales subject to background checks
- The bulk of NRA funding comes from the gun industry, not member dues
- The NRA’s executive leadership and board of directors are deeply tied to the firearms industry and uses the NRA to promote increasingly deadly weapons
“Marketing Death: How the Gun Industry Uses the NRA to Boost Profits and Undermine Public Safety” is available at file:///C:/Users/Owner/Documents/NRA-Report.pdf
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