Powerful voices wear orange to end gun violence in Philadelphia

- A sea of people in orange took over Penn Treaty Park in Fishtown. Their message? End gun violence.

“No child should be murdered by gun. No parent should have to bury their child,” exclaimed one mother.

Passionate victims of gun violence are rising up in Philadelphia.

“I promised my son as he laid on that slab in that white body bag that I would do this until I took my last dying breath,” said the mother.

Her powerful voice was backed by an army in orange that gathered at Penn Treaty Park Saturday morning in honor of National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

“Orange is the color that hunters wear to be visible, to be seen so they don’t get shot. We don’t want to get shot either. Our kids don’t want to get shot,” said Jami Amo.

Amo was 15-years-old when two of her classmates stormed Columbine High School with guns and opened fire on her peers. Now she lives outside of Philadelphia and 19-years-later, she says she’s still fighting for gun owners to make safety a priority.

“People can lock up their guns so someone doesn’t take them and commit a crime with them,” explained Amo.

Also at the “Wear Orange” weekend event, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross.

“Certainly, some common sense we believe would help. Universal background checks would be one of them. That’s a big one they’re trying to get changed around this nation,” Commissioner Ross said.

“When people get shot, it kind of hurts my feelings,” Naya said.

Naya, of Germantown, a young voice taking a stand against gun violence was huddled next to another strong player in the movement – 16-year-old Julia Spoor, of Jenkintown, the co-founder of the national organization of Students Demand Action.

“My father committed suicide by gunshot 10 days before my 8th birthday.

Spoor says she and her determined teammates in orange walk through Philadelphia raising awareness and sending a message to lawmakers.

“We are listening and we’re watching them and we’re not afraid to stand up for ourselves if they’re not going to,” Spoor stated.
 

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