Last weekend was Wear Orange for Gun Safety Weekend. The annual observance takes place on the weekend following June 2, National Gun Violence Awareness Day. In 2020 the observance has particular meaning.
We are in the midst of a national reckoning with systemic racism, following the death of George Floyd in police custody. We saw on video the cruelty of Derek Chauvin slowly snuffing out George’s life, as he lay unarmed and compliant under Chauvin’s knee. The horrendous nature of that crime has confirmed the long-standing need to stop the disproportionate numbers of black men dying at police hands in America, including those who are shot. The vast majority of police would never consider or condone the murder of an unarmed person of any race. Because of this, we’ve seen police in many localities reach out to and join with protesters.