Are the mass shootings beginning to seem routine? Does the fact that more people die by guns each year in the U.S. than during the entire Vietnam War just leave you numb?

Please come to the Riley County courthouse at 8 p.m. on Saturday as we commemorate National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Moms Demand Action, one of many groups created after the Sandy Hook school massacre, will be remembering Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old honor student.

Hadiya had just returned to Chicago from Washington, D.C., where as a majorette she had performed with her Southside marching band in the inaugural presidential parade. She had lots of plans for college and beyond. Instead, she was gunned down eight days later as she sheltered from the rain at a bus stop. She would have been 22 this month.

Her friends wore orange to honor her at her funeral. Please join Moms Demand Action in wearing orange and participating in the event. At 9 p.m. the courthouse will be illuminated in orange. We hope your whole family will join us as we pursue gun safety and remember one of the many victims of gun violence.

Linda Richter

2383 Grandview Terrace

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