Mountlake Terrace Mayor Jerry Smith and members of City Council have proclaimed Friday, June 1 as Gun Violence Awareness Day. The proclamation, read during the May 21 council business meeting, declares that June 1 is a day to honor all gun violence victims and survivors, “and to declare that we as a country must do more to reduce gun violence.”
The proclamation also noted that Second Amendment rights “go hand in hand with keeping guns away from dangerous people.”
The national day is being sponsored by a coalition of different organizations, but four local members of the group Moms Demand Action were present at the council meeting wearing orange t-shirts, and presented each councilmember with an orange ribbon. The color orange was chosen because hunters wear orange to announce themselves to other hunters when out in the woods, and symbolizes the value of human life, the proclamation said.
Anyone can join the campaign by pledging to wear orange on June 1 to help raise awareness about gun violence and to encourage responsible gun ownership to help keep children safe, the proclamation added.
Members of Moms Demand Action will also be appearing on several freeway overpasses to raise awareness, from 3:30-6:30 p.m. June 1. Those overpasses include the one in Mountlake Terrace at Interstate 5 and 236th Street Southwest but also include those at 145th and 185th in Shoreline, and at 164th in Lynnwood.
“We invite those who can to wear orange and join us on the overpasses on June 1,” said organizer Jan Engelhart.