I wear orange for Hadiya

#EverytownForGunSafety #MomsDemandAction #WearOrange #TheSandyHookPromise

Early Saturday morning, I woke up after having climate change nightmares. These were not just hot flashes — I had real nightmares about the life of our planet. Think the Lorax, on crack. I wrote a post, Blog, Shmog: An Interview Today, poking some acerbic wit at mr t, orange-in-chief, and then I left to head over to the Wear Orange March. This march was not about global warming. It was the about senseless gun violence in our country. Yet another topic t won’t touch. After all, the NRA, they own him.

Hadiya Pendleton, 15 years old, was shot in the back. Gunned down while standing inside Harsh Park with her friends in Chicago in 2013. Just one week earlier, she performed live with her school band at President Obama’s (second) inauguration. Her murder occurred less than one mile from the Obama’s Chicago home. Hadiya, an honors student, volleyball player, band member, daughter — her future was bright in so many ways. The cause of death: shot by mistaken gang rivalry. The shooters, gang members, they told police that she was standing with people they thought were from a rival gang. It was a mistake. Michelle Obama attended her funeral. By that January day in Chicago, she was already the 42nd murder by firearm. A real shonda (shame) for her, her family, our world.

The gates of tears are never shut. Di toi’ern fun treren zeinen kain mol nit farshlossen.

Saturday morning was cool, raining. Hadiya would have been 20 years young on June 2 of this year. Her birthday now represents National Gun Violence Awareness Day across our country. Her brightness is now the color orange, the same color worn by hunters, so as to be seen and not shot. It is the color of gun violence prevention. Less than 100 of us gathered. Many moms held laminated photos of the children they lost to gun violence. We all talked. I told them I was there for Hadiya, and for the Sandy Hook Promise. When we failed all of those children and their teachers who gave their lives protecting them, I knew I had to do more. I couldn’t just sign a petition and call Senator Twomey’s office again. I had to enlist in the fight.

In the US, gun violence kills 93 people every single day — almost 34,000 lives per year. That includes murder, suicide, and accidental death. In Philadelphia, last year our number was 278. Almost 1 life per day. These numbers are stunning, but they must not leave us hardened. We must work harder than we ever have before.

Our kinder (sweet children) deserve better. Hadiya dreamt of going to Northwestern University. She wanted to become a pharmacist, a journalist, or a lawyer. She was a good kid. Hadiya, she deserved better.

Guns are a very large problem in this country. I do not think that our founding fathers had gang members, mental illness, violent domestic abuse, accidental death and suicide in mind when they created the second amendment. I believe there is some good legislation out there (SB 501 for stronger gun control rights) that needs enforcing, and I believe there are some horrible laws on the books (SB 383 that arms school staff, teachers, and boards). Vey iz mir (OMG), we need to make some drastic changes.

Last I checked, we were ONE human race. How can we all begin to walk with empathy and love in our hearts? When will we begin to embrace all of our very unique and beautiful differences, instead of fearing them? I will do that for Hadiya. I will do that for all of those families from Sandy Hook. I will do that for everyone affected by senseless gun violence. We need to do that for all the kinder (children).
Please join me.

Death doesn’t knock on the door (and warn you of it’s impending arrival). Toyt tut nit klapn aoyf di tir.

Live every minute of every day.

     

      

    

      

 

 

 

49 thoughts on “I wear orange for Hadiya

  1. Guns aren’t readily available here and given some of the things that have happened recently, I’m pleased that this is the case. Good luck – I hope you change things for the better

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  2. I agree with you that gun violence is rampant and abhorrent in our country but the problem is that no one seems to be able to agree on a viable solution. Maybe that’s because there are too many hands in the cookie jar, as for example, the NRA. I am not against our second amendment right to bear arms. What I am against is the abuse of it. Our children deserve so much better than the current state our country is in! Yes, we come from all walks of life and yes, we all have differing opinions but since when did our own personal opinions trump doing working together to make the right decisions for the people? They refuse to even listen to each other, each side claiming their view is superior to the other. That’s not how a government should be run and that’s not how an intelligent society improves the quality of life for all. That, to me, is what it seems our government officials have reduced themselves to and we, the people, especially our children are the ones suffering from their complete lack of leadership, communication and decision making. That’s my opinion on it anyway. Thank you for sharing this! #mg

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    1. I completely agree with you! Empathy allows for listening to constituents rather than gunning for reelection. 😡🤑😤 Thank you so much for your comments! It’s how we start. By talking to each other. #mg

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  3. Here in the UK we’ve suffered over recent weeks, months at the hands of terrorists and I’ve seen a wealth of social media (from fools and the utterly stupid) saying we shouldn’t have the gun laws we do and should be more like America. They need to read this. Because we don’t need more violence on our streets. We especially don’t need those idiots who are calling for guns wielding them! #fortheloveofBLOG

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    1. We all need to stop and think about what is really going on here, and begin to curb this rage and violence that is overtaking everything? Where is it safe? Where is the love? Where is civility and value for human life? Thanks for your comments. Share away and let’s spread the word. We cannot keep up at this rate. #fortheloveofblog xox

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  4. Oh I really support this post and this cause. Here in the UK guns aren’t an everyday thing like in the US and I’m so grateful for that. I have some pretty strong views on it and wouldn’t let my girls play with toy guns or violent video games as I think they send the wrong message to kids. Best of luck and lets hope things change soon…
    Thanks for sharing with #coolmumclub

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  5. I am thankful that it is harder to get guns here. I am so sad that the American government refuses to listen to reason and doesn’t step in and try to do something to stop these awful murders. Guns are never the answer 😦 #FridayFrolics

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  6. The more and more that I read from you the more respect for you I have. You my lady are a true inspiration! Thank you for standing up and being counted!!! Much love ❤️ Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

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    1. Your comments go straight to my ❤️ heart! Ty mamma! We have too much to change so the kids will be okay. We are supposed to leave the world a better place. 💕 #ablogginggoodtime

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  7. I am so against guns, I believe the UK are right in banning guns and making them illegal. So much harm comes from them and innocent lives taken too soon.
    It is so sad when we hear about school shootings in the USA and I pray that soon mr t hears the pleas and makes the right choice!
    Thank you for sharing such an important post with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week.

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  8. What a beautiful, heartfelt post! Growing up in France, and now living in Ireland, I could never understand why the US love their guns so much. How can they not see that firearms don’t protect you, they only put you at risk? It boggles the mind, and I wish you the very best on your mission! x
    #FabFridayPost

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  9. I live about 90 minutes from Sandy Hook and still can’t get over the fact that it wasn’t enough to push through simple, common sense measures to try and keep guns out of the hands of people that shouldn’t have them. The 2nd amendment is the most misquoted thing in history. Its purpose was to make a compromise with the southern states so that they would still be allowed to have armed militias to hunt down escaped slaves. It never was about letting mentally incompetent people own weapons capable of killing massive amounts of people in a short period of time

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  10. What a beautiful sentiment. I have heard of this story before but I didn’t know the girls name. Gun violence isn’t a huge thing over here in England and to be honest I had no idea it was so bad in the States. Sadly I shouldn’t think anything will change anytime soon. I hope it can one day.
    Thank you for linking this to #fortheloveofBLOG

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  11. It is so sad when things come to this point. The World had just gone crazier and crazier. I’m proud of you for highlighting this day of Hadiya and Sandy Hook Promise. We hope things like this will never happen again.

    Thank you so much for linking up with us on #FaFridayPost

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  12. Oh this is such a sad story and I’m absolutely behind this cause. I’m just thankful it’s harder to get hold of guns in the UK – I saw on a Facebook thread that an American man felt it would have been better if some of the citizens at the London Bridge attack had personal guns to defend themselves and I just can’t imagine what would have unfolded. Thanks for linking up to #dreamteam x

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  13. Living in Australia, I am always shocked by the way Americans see it as their right to have guns. When I see shows where people can go by guns in a store so easily it just amazes me. I guess not growing up that way I just don’t understand it. It is so sad reading this. I am glad you are fighting for what is right xx #mg

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  14. I didn’t know this story but it is so deeply saddening 😦 I know that the UK has many faults of its own (and a very uncertain future after recent political events), but guns are not very easy to come by and so gun crime is very low here. It shocks me to read the statistics you have quoted. I hope and pray that those in authority sit up and take notice #blogcrush

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    1. We really need to make it stop, but the gun lobby has more money than most anyone or anything– and they bought mr t. Awful. If I never even see a gun that would be just fine with me. #blogcrush 💕😘

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  15. Those statistics are truly frightening! Such a sad waste of life, over and over again. 😦 We’re lucky not to have the same availability of guns in the UK and the process of getting hold of one is quite stringent – it still worries me though because once a gun is sold it’s not as if you can know for sure how it will end up being used. I tried really hard on planning committee last year to find a way to get a gun and hunting gear shop that opened locally (in sight of a school!) closed but to no avail. As safe as everyone assures it is it still doesn’t send the right kind of message to my mind!

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  16. What a sad story. I don’t understand the commitment to the right to bear arms at all. All comparative studies show that it makes people less safe. And it is clear that it wasn’t written with the intention that it be used for the purpose it is today, or with modern society or weapons in mind. When toddlers accidentally shooting people is an actual notable statistic in a country’s causes of death each year, something is wrong if you ask me!

    Thanks so much for joining us for #FridayFrolics

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    1. I couldn’t agree with you more. It’s a horror. Now that a crazy man has gunned down some congressman, maybe someone in authority will understand. I can only hope. And keep fighting. TY for your comments lovely! #FridayFrolics xxoo

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  17. One a day! This is horrible I had no idea how high the stats were. I’m so glad you’ve shared this information, really great to raise awareness on such an important subject. It’s really interesting living in the UK as even police officers don’t carry guns, it definitely prevents mass shootings and accidents like the tragic story of Hadiya. Not that this is reassuring but Im 100% certain if the London Bridge attack happened with guns we would be mourning for a lot more people. Thanks so much for sharing with #StayClassyMama.

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    1. Thank you for reading this. Today, some D.C. Congressmen were shot as they practiced for a baseball game. The man asked if they were Democrats or Republicans. When they said they were Republicans, the man opened fire. Maybe, and I highly doubt it, but maybe something will change. This is crazy. 😘💕 stay safe friend! #stayclassymama

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