Los Angeles City Hall will be lit in orange Thursday night in honor of the victims and survivors of gun violence, including those who died or suffered through this week’s shooting at UCLA, Mayor Eric Garcetti.
The illumination of City Hall, beginning at 8 p.m., coincides with National Gun Violence Prevention Day and will be dedicated to the almost 33,000 people killed on average each year in the U.S.
Orange is the chosen color of National Gun Violence Prevention Day and was inspired by the shade of jacket worn by hunters to avoid being shot by others in the woods.
Garcetti noted that with the shooting this week, the price paid as the result of gun violence is especially fresh in the minds of Angelenos.
“That pain came to the UCLA campus this week — yet another horrific example of how the proliferation of guns can put people at risk any time, at any place,” he said.
“It is no longer sufficient to mourn the victims, send our thoughts and prayers to their loved ones, and promise to support those who experience unthinkable anguish brought about by firearms,” he said.
City Attorney Mike Feuer said that while mass shootings draw the most attention, “less publicized are the thousands of incidents of gun violence that afflict neighborhoods across the nation — often committed by intimate partners, sometimes by kids, frequently through suicide.”
Feuer said preventing gun violence is a priority issue for him.
“With 300 million guns in circulation in our nation, all of us must commit to doing a better job of keeping guns away from people who should not have them — in particular, domestic abusers, criminals and children,” he said.
Councilman Paul Krekorian, whose motion calling for a study to identify problem gun dealers in Los Angeles was adopted by the City Council this week, said that amid inaction by Congress, the city has addressed the urgency of gun violence by adopting several forward-thinking gun laws.
“Los Angeles has stepped up by passing landmark gun safety laws and engaging with the community to prevent needless gun deaths,” Krekorian said.
“Yesterday, just as the City Council commemorated National Gun Violence Awareness Day in LA, we learned of the UCLA shooting that left two people dead,” he said. “This bloodshed and carnage has got to end.”
— Wire reports
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