BRUNSWICK — Midcoast Moms Demand Action will hold a “Wear Orange” event for National Gun Violence Weekend 10 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Brunswick Mall, Maine Street.
A walk down Maine Street will take place from the Brunswick Mall to the “green bridge,” or the Frank J. Wood Bridge. Upon returning to the mall at 10:45 a.m., there will be refreshments, kids’ activities and live music. Many firearm safety supporters use the day to look to a brighter future and to envision a reduction in gun violence in our own communities.
Speakers will include Geoff Bickford of the Maine Gun Safety Coalition and members of Brunswick High School’s Students Demand Action. There will be an exhibit — “If the Shoe Fits” — that reflects on Maine’s own firearm deaths, attributed largely to suicide and domestic violence.
Live music will be provided by the Leopard Girls, Tom Mitchell and Gabby Colby-George. Spindleworks will provide crafts for kids, and families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch. Rain location: Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick, 1 Middle Street. The walk will be decided by the weather.
“Our event in Brunswick will help honor those we’ve lost, and bring focus to ways we can prevent future violence,” said Kim Wilson, a volunteer with Maine Moms Demand Action for Gun Safety. “We lose about 150 people a year in Maine to gun violence. So many of those are tragedies could be avoided.”
National Gun Violence Awareness Weekend was begun in honor of Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old student who lost her life to gunfire in Chicago. Hadiya’s young friends gathered in saying “no” to gun violence, and began the observance in her memory. Orange is the color of gun safety.
- Over 90 people die daily from gun violence, and seven are children or teenagers.
- For every one person killed, another two are injured.
- 43 percent of homes with guns and kids have at least one unlocked firearm.
- An unintentional shooting involving a child happens every 34 hours.
- When a gun is present in a situation of domestic violence, it increases the risk that the woman will be killed five-fold.