National Gun Violence Awareness Day: All you need to know

National Gun Violence Awareness Day 2018 is underway in the United States This year's event comes just shortly after school shootings in Florida and Texas Activists always wear a certain color on National Gun Violence Awareness Day

By Steve Longo

Published: 18:08 BST, 1 June 2018 | Updated: 18:08 BST, 1 June 2018

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National Gun Violence Awareness Day 2018 is now underway in the United States.

The day, held annually to raise awareness of gun violence in the country, comes just weeks after shocking tragedies at schools in Parkland, Florida and Santa Fe, Texas.

Here’s all you need to know about National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

National Gun Violence Awareness Day was started back in 2015 by Everytown for Gun Safety

National Gun Violence Awareness Day was started back in 2015 by Everytown for Gun Safety

What is National Gun Violence Awareness Day?

National Gun Violence Awareness Day is an event held annually in the United States to raise awareness of gun violence and its impact on communities as well as remember victims and survivors of gun violence. Activists often use the day to push for stricter gun control laws in the United States.

The event was started by Everytown for Gun Safety and was first held in 2015.

Activists mark the day by wearing orange, signing petitions to push for stricter gun control laws,

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