Ida Lee Park Turned Orange Against Gun Violence

About a hundred people gathered Saturday for the 4th annual  “Wear Orange” Loudoun Community Gathering, organized by Moms Demand Action, at the Billy Cox Pavilion at Leesburg’s Ida Lee Park.

Speakers and attendees included many elected representatives, including Rep. Jennifer T. Wexton (D-VA-10), Attorney General Mark Herring, state Sen. Jennifer B. Boysko (D-33), Del. John J. Bell (D-87), Del. Kathleen J. Murphy (D-34), County Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large), Supervisors Koran T. Saines (D-Sterling) and Kristen C. Umstattd (D-Leesburg), and Leesburg Mayor Kelly Burk.

The event also featured several other organizations, such as the Quaker congregation Goose Creek Friends Meeting, which handed out free trigger locks to help safely store guns in the home.

The nationwide “Wear Orange” campaign is named to honor Hadiya Pendleton, who was gunned down in Chicago at 15 years old a week after performing at President Barack Obama’s second inaugural parade in 2013. Pendleton’s friends wore orange to remember her.

The event came a little over a week after another mass shooting, this time in Virginia Beach. A gunman killed 12 people at the Virginia Beach Municipal Building, then died in a gun fight with police. Governor Ralph M. Northam has called a special session of the Virginia General Assembly July 9 to take up gun safety regulations.

Although the Centers for Disease Control has not collected data on gun violence since 2013, in that year, the CDC reported 33,636 Americans died due to injury from a firearm, or about 92 people a day.

About 100 people gathered at the 4th Annual “Wear Orange” Loudoun Community Gathering, sponsored by Moms Demand Action at Morven Park in Leesburg Saturday, June 8. [Renss Greene/Loudoun Now]

3 thoughts on “Ida Lee Park Turned Orange Against Gun Violence

  • 2019-06-10 at 3:36 pm
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    Gov. Blackface/KKK/infanticide guy has called a special session of the Virginia General Assembly July 9 to divert attention away from why in the heck he hasn’t resigned as the disgrace he is to Virginia.

    Did Bazooka Johnny Bell lash out about how we can buy hand grenades, flame throwers, and bazookas?
    No? That’s the lie he was selling voters in 2017…

  • 2019-06-10 at 7:00 pm
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    Here was Bazooka Johnny Bell on February 2, in the pages of this paper: “I stand with the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus and the House Democratic Caucus in calling for the immediate resignation of Governor Northam. The photo of Gov. Northam is deeply disturbing and should disqualify him from serving in Virginia’s highest office. Racism has no place in our Commonwealth and as leaders we must constantly work to uphold our own standards and lead by example.”

    Like all else which comes out of Bazooka Johnny’s mouth, his stand against “racism” has an expiration date. Johnny took $10,000 from Gov. Blackface/KKK/Infanticide guy just one month later. One Month! And $15,000 more from Blackface/KKK guy just two weeks ago. Let’s add hypocrite alongside of Liar when it comes to Bazooka Johnny’s way of dealing with voters.

    Opps, almost forgot the $25,000 he took from big developer the Brambleton Group. Bazooka Johnny Bell is the best politician racists and developers can buy.

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