Democrats Highlight Gun Control by Wearing Orange

Democrats Highlight Gun Control by Wearing Orange

Daniel Molina
Daniel Molina
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June 6, 2022

Over the weekend, Florida Democrats shared their support for gun control amidst a number of shootings across the country. The weekend marked Wear Orange, which is an effort meant to raise awareness about gun violence. Across the United States, lawmakers wore orange, the White House was lit orange, and lawmakers expressed the need for gun control measures to address gun violence.

President Joe Biden (D) angered Republicans when he commented on the Second Amendment, saying that it was "not absolute." Furthermore, the president called for reinstating an assault weapons ban.

"The Second Amendment, like all other rights, is not absolute," said Biden, adding that enacting gun control policies "isn’t about taking away anyone’s rights. It’s about protecting children. It’s about protecting families. It’s about protecting whole communities. It’s about protecting our freedoms to go to school, to a grocery store, and to a church without being shot and killed."

Democrats joined the president in making the call for gun control policies by wearing orange and commenting on the need to address a rise in gun violence.

On Twitter, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried (D), who's running for governor, shared a segment of a speech she gave to supporters. "Every day I am constantly reminded that I have an obligation to remind myself every day of all of the lives that have been lost," she expressed in the clip.

Florida Rep. Anna V. Eskamani (D) took to Twitter to raise awareness for the upcoming March for our lives event that is scheduled for June 11th.

The March for our Lives demonstration dates back to 2018 wherein people protested in support of gun control legislation after the Parkland school shooting that left 17 students and teachers dead.

Florida Rep. Charlie Crist (D), who's also running for Governor, shared a picture of him wearing an orange tie in support of the cause.

"Every year, 40,000 Americans are killed by gun violence," he shared on Twitter, adding that he was "wearing orange... in their honor."

"We can't let this epidemic go unmatched. We need policy and change — NOW," Crist affirmed.

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Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina is an award-winning senior reporter based in Miami. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Florida International University. His hobbies include reading, writing, and watching films.

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