In case you missed it, June 2nd was Gun Violence Awareness Day, traditionally honored by wearing orange and saying things that don’t quite match up to reality. If you were working, playing, or otherwise indisposed on Tuesday, here’s a little primer to catch you up to speed.
See, ladies and gentlemen, gun violence happens. In America.
All right, you’re all caught up! Let’s see if you missed any other nuggets of truth while you were busy living your life.
The Wear Orange campaign actually began in Chicago as a response to the gang-related death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton. An innocent caught in the crossfire, Pendleton inspired her grieving friends to start Project Orange Tree in commemoration of her life. The group started as a movement focusing on systemic problems such as hunger and lack of education, both of which its members believe lead to street violence. But as so often happens, the group attracted the attention of liberals who wanted a piece of the pie for themselves.
So it is that two years later, “wearing orange” has become a movement backed by Everytown for Gun Safety, turning its focus from community-boosting programs to an anti-gun platform. On Tuesday, Amnesty International, social media users, and prominent figures like the NY Mets and actress Julianne Moore joined the effort to raise “gun violence awareness.”
A couple of Democrats went even further, using the day to introduce new gun control legislation. Senator Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York proposed a pair of bills meant to curb gun violence. One is the Handgun Trigger Safety Act, a bill that would force all American gun manufacturers to include “smart gun” technology on their weapons. Another is the Gun Research Safety Bill, meant to fund the CDC with more anti-gun research.
This is far from the first time Democrats have made a go at smart gun technology. Proposals to make this technology law have been floating around for fifteen years, hampered somewhat by the inconvenient fact that…it doesn’t exist. No smart guns are currently on the market, and there is no guarantee that the tech will be up to par in five years, ten years, or even a hundred years. But that’s not stopping the Democrats from pushing to outlaw any guns without the technology.
“The epidemic of gun violence in America is not preordained, it is preventable,” Markey said. “In the 21st century, we should use research and advances in technology to our advantage and save lives from tragic and needless gun violence.”
Perhaps, but we should probably wait until the technology is viable before we make it law. That’s just a thought. Do with it what you will.
Not everyone lost their minds this week. Vince Vaughn may not have shown up on Twitter wearing orange, but he made quite a splash with his interview in the British edition of GQ Magazine. “Banning guns,” Vaughn said, “is like banning forks in an attempt to stop making people fat. Taking away guns, taking away drugs, the booze, it won’t rid the world of criminality.”
In a sea of orange idiocy, it’s good to see that at least one Hollywood star can rise above.