Volunteers with Rhode Island Moms Demand Action and state Representative Marcia Ranglin-Vassell (Democrat, District 5, Providence) met with Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza Friday afternoon for a ceremony marking today as the third annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Those observing the day wear orange, because hunters wear orange for safety, as a way to protect their lives and the lives of others.
Elorza read a proclamation marking the day and presented it to Jennifer Smith Boylan, who accepted it on behalf of RI Moms Demand Action.
National Gun Violence Prevention Day was inspired the friends of Hadiya Pendleton, a teen who marched in President Barrack Obama’s second inaugural parade and was shot and killed a week later near her home in Chicago. Hadiya Pendleton would have turned 18 today.
After reading his proclamation, Elorza noted that in 2016 Providence had a 30 percent decline in shootings throughout the city. Also, the homicide rate in Providence, said Elorza, is the lowest its been in 30 years, adding that, “2016 was the first time in anyone’s memory that Providence didn’t have a single gang related homicide.”