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li� d I <br /> I <br /> ��,Mon,,,a <br /> ,�! .c�; <br /> .Y� ��9 <br /> q;' :! <br /> `{�� � ��� 2�CD�tttt Df �.e1�f l�gtOri, �at�ga�e�jugett� � <br /> �54E�� �.�� � <br /> .. AMIGIq� .. <br /> ��'ktK��{�'�' SELECT BOARD OFFICE i I � <br /> PRQCLAMATION � ry ; , � <br /> Whereas: every day, more than 110 Americans are killed by gun violence,alongside more than 200 wha <br /> are shot and waunded, and on average there are nearly 16,000 gun hornicides every year; and <br /> Whereas: Americans are 26 times more likely to di�e by gun homicide than people in other high-income <br /> countries;and <br /> Whereas: Massachusetts had an average of 255 gun deaths per year from 2416 to 2020,with a rate of 3.5 <br /> deaths per 100,000 people, Massachusetts has the 51 st highest rate of gun deaths in the US;and <br /> Whereas: cities and towns across the nation, including Lexington,MA are working to end the senseless <br /> vialence;and <br /> Whereas: protecting public safety in the communities they serve is ane of the Select Board and Town <br /> Manager's highest responsibilities;and <br /> N'hereas: gun violence prevention is more irnportant than ever as the C4VID-19 pandemic continues to <br /> exacerbate gun violence after more than two years of increased gun sales, increased calls to <br /> suicide and domestic violence hotlines, and an increase in city gun violence;and <br /> Whereas: in January 2013, Hadiya Pendleton was tragically shot and killed at age 15; and on June 3, 2022 <br /> td recognize the 25th birthday of Hadiya Pendleton(barn: June 2, 1997},people across the <br /> �United States will recognize National Gun Violence Awaxeness Day and wear arange in tribute <br /> to—(1}Hadiya Pendleton and other victims of,gun violence; and{2) the loved ones of those <br /> victims; and <br /> Whereas: the idea was inspired by a group of Hadiya's friends, wha asked their classmates to <br /> commemorate her life by wearing orange;they chose this color because hunters wear orange to <br /> announce themselves to other hu.nters when out in the woods and orange is a color that <br /> symbolizes the value of human life;and <br /> Whereas: anyone can jain this campaign by pledging to wear orange on June 3rd,the first Friday in June <br /> in 2Q22, to help raise awareness about gun violence; and <br /> Whereas: by wearing orange on June 3, 2022 Americans will raise awareness abaut gun vialence and <br /> honor the lives of gun vialence victims and survivars; and <br />