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Wearing Orange in South Dakota to Honor Gun Violence Victims

As part of National Gun Violence Awareness Day some South Dakotans are wearing orange to honor those who've died from gun violence. (Morguefile)
As part of National Gun Violence Awareness Day some South Dakotans are wearing orange to honor those who've died from gun violence. (Morguefile)
June 2, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. – As gun related violence continues to be a problem in South Dakota and across the country, local gun control advocates are wearing orange today to focus attention on the issue.

It's National Gun Violence Awareness Day, and several groups, including Everytown for Gun Safety, are taking a cue from the hunters who wear orange to protect themselves from other sportsmen.

Kristi McLaughlin, executive director of the South Dakota Peace and Justice Center, argues the state's gun violence problem is multi-faceted and needs a combination of solutions.

"Just better background checks would be one,” she states. “The lack of restrictions contributes to people getting guns who shouldn't have them."

Gun control groups are holding Wear Orange events in several cities today, including Sioux Falls.

The National Rifle Association, however, has called the Wear Orange event a "thinly veiled anti-gun stunt."

The idea to wear orange was started in 2013 by a group of South Side Chicago teens that wanted to honor their friend Hadiya Pendleton. The 15-year-old girl was shot and killed just days after performing for President Barack Obama at the White House.

McLaughlin says while she supports tougher background checks, the idea still needs to be balanced with lawful gun owners' rights.

"We support you having the right to own those guns and to hunt,” she stresses. “What we don't support is people who shouldn't have guns having access to guns."

According to the latest numbers from the Center for American Progress, from 2002 to 2011, nearly 730 people were killed due to gun violence in South Dakota.




Brandon Campbell, Public News Service - SD