Engel Statement on National Gun Violence Awareness Day

Engel Statement on National Gun Violence Awareness Day

Congressman Eliot Engel, a Member of the Congressional Gun Violence Protection Task Force, issued the following statement on National Gun Violence Awareness Day:

“Today, I am wearing orange to honor the victims of gun violence, including Hadiya Pendleton who, at fifteen years old, was shot and killed a week after performing at President Obama’s 2013 Inauguration. This movement was started when Hadiya’s friends wore orange to commemorate her life, and the lives of so many others that were cut short by gun violence.

“National Gun Violence Awareness Day brings attention to the 33,000 Americans who are killed by guns every year. And for every one person killed with a gun, two more are injured. Our country faces a gun violence epidemic. It is long past time we come together to pass responsible gun safety laws that keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals. In Congress, I’m fighting to keep our schools, streets, playgrounds, and homes safe. I’ve worked to ban assault weapons, high-capacity magazines and armor-piercing bullets, institute universal background checks, adopt extreme risk protection orders, and restore funding for gun violence research.  

“It is my hope that National Gun Violence Awareness Day will bring us one step closer to curbing gun violence in America.”