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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2016 Archives > National Gun Violence Awareness Day

National Gun Violence Awareness Day


National Gun Violence Awareness Day calls for an end to gun violence

City Hall Dome is lit in orange on June 1 and June 2

June 2, 2016 – Today Mayor Byron W. Brown, joined by Members of the Buffalo Common Council, Buffalo Police Commissioner Dan Derenda, anti-violence and peace advocates, including representatives from the Moms Demand Action New York organization, Buffalo Peacemakers, Stop the Violence, WNY Peace Center and New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, wore orange as a sign of his commitment to end gun violence in Buffalo and in cities across the country. As part of National Gun Violence Awareness Day activities, Mayor Brown had the dome at City Hall lit up in orange in recognition of the Wear Orange Campaign, and also issued a proclamation that declared June 2, 2016 as National Gun Violence Awareness Day in the City of Buffalo.
"I am proud to join with my colleagues in government, community members and anti-violence advocates to continue to raise awareness about gun violence prevention on National Gun Violence Awareness Day in Buffalo,” said Mayor Brown. “The Wear Orange Campaign in Buffalo will be quite visible and it’s my hope that it will bring people together to eliminate gun violence in our city.  Every shooting affects the lives of a countless number of people and there is nothing more powerful than for our entire city to stand united together to make Buffalo an even safer city to live, work and invest.”

The Wear Orange movement began after the shooting death of a Chicago teen named Hadiya Pendleton in 2013. Today, Mayor Brown joined Mayors across the country in wearing orange as part of the Wear Orange Campaign, followed by making several updates on how the city plans to recognize Gun Violence Awareness Month to address the issue of gun violence prevention.

  • The iconic dome at Buffalo City Hall will be lit in orange on June 1, 2016 and June 2, 2016
  • In recognition of National Gun Violence Awareness Day, Mayor Brown issued a proclamation that declared June 2, 2016 as ‘National Gun Violence Awareness Day in Buffalo’
  • Mayor Brown and the BPD are asking residents to take their picture in orange garb on June 2 and post on social media using the hashtag #WearOrange

Since 2006, the Brown administration has and continues to focus on two equally important goals: to keep neighborhoods safe and to build solid police-community relations.

  • The crime rate has dropped by over 32 percent since 2005; last year, Buffalo saw the ‘lowest crime rate’ in the city’s recorded history.
  • In the first four months of 2016, Buffalo saw a 50% increase in confiscated guns (165 handguns)
  • From the Brown administration’s Zero Tolerance policing policy, to numerous collaborative efforts with other Law Enforcement agencies and partnerships with organizations like Peacemakers that have resulted in successful arrests and convictions, to adding more surveillance cameras, to removing over 14,000 illegal guns, strategies are producing results.

As part of today’s event, anti-violence advocates outlined a number of other Buffalo activities scheduled for this summer, including gun-safety education programs, community and political engagement events, and entertainment activities.

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