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116th CONGRESS
  2d Session
H. RES. 977

 Expressing support for the designation of June 5, 2020, as ``National 
 Gun Violence Awareness Day'' and June 2020 as ``National Gun Violence 
                           Awareness Month''.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                              May 22, 2020

  Ms. Kelly of Illinois submitted the following resolution; which was 
               referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

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                               RESOLUTION


 
 Expressing support for the designation of June 5, 2020, as ``National 
 Gun Violence Awareness Day'' and June 2020 as ``National Gun Violence 
                           Awareness Month''.

Whereas each year in the United States, more than--

    (1) 37,500 individuals are killed and 73,300 individuals are wounded by 
gunfire;

    (2) 13,300 individuals are killed in homicides involving firearms;

    (3) 22,900 individuals die by suicide using a firearm; and

    (4) 470 individuals are killed in unintentional shootings;

Whereas, since 1968, more individuals have died from guns in the United States 
        than have died on the battlefields of all the wars in the history of the 
        United States;
Whereas by 1 count, in 2019 in the United States, there were 417 mass shooting 
        incidents in which not fewer than 4 people were killed or wounded by 
        gunfire;
Whereas, in 2019 in the United States, there were at least 130 incidents of 
        gunfire on school grounds, resulting in 33 deaths and 77 injuries;
Whereas every year in the United States, approximately 3,000 children and teens 
        are killed by gun violence, and 13,000 children and teens are shot and 
        wounded;
Whereas approximately 7,600 people in the United States under the age of 25 die 
        because of gun violence annually, including Hadiya Pendleton, who, in 
        2013, was killed at 15 years of age in Chicago, Illinois, while standing 
        in a park;
Whereas the deadly toll of daily gun violence has continued even during the 
        COVID-19 pandemic;
Whereas, on June 5, 2020, to recognize the 23d birthday of Hadiya Pendleton 
        (born June 2, 1997), people across the United States will recognize 
        ``National Gun Violence Awareness Day'' and wear orange in tribute to--

    (1) Hadiya Pendleton and other victims of gun violence; and

    (2) the loved ones of those victims; and

Whereas June 2020 is an appropriate month to designate as ``National Gun 
        Violence Awareness Month'': Now, therefore, be it
    Resolved, That the House of Representatives--
            (1) supports--
                    (A) the designation of ``National Gun Violence 
                Awareness Month'' and the goals and ideals of that 
                month; and
                    (B) the designation of ``National Gun Violence 
                Awareness Day'' in remembrance of the victims of gun 
                violence; and
            (2) calls on the people of the United States to--
                    (A) promote greater awareness of gun violence and 
                gun safety;
                    (B) wear orange, the color that hunters wear to 
                show that they are not targets, on ``National Gun 
                Violence Awareness Day'';
                    (C) concentrate heightened attention on gun 
                violence during the summer months, when gun violence 
                typically increases; and
                    (D) bring community members and leaders together to 
                discuss ways to make communities safer.
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