Statement From Montgomery County Council on National Gun Violence Awareness Day
For Immediate Release: Friday, June 4, 2021
Rockville, Md., June 4, 2021— The Montgomery County Council issued the following statement to recognize Friday, June 4, 2021 as National Gun Violence Awareness Day:
“The Council comes together today to commemorate and honor the lives senselessly lost to gun violence.
“Every day, the United States loses more than 100 lives to gun violence. Last year alone we lost nearly 20,000 people during what was the deadliest year for gun violence related deaths in the last two decades.
“Gun violence impacts everyone indiscriminately, but children and young people are at increased risk of physical harm and injury, while communities of color are disproportionally impacted.
“Though awareness has grown over the years, many communities across the nation and in our County are still dealing with the ever-present fear of gun violence in their daily lives.
“No one should be afraid to go to work, school, places of worship, or walk down the street due to this fear.
“On this National Gun Violence Awareness Day, we recommit ourselves to raising awareness of the tragic effects of gun violence and supporting meaningful legislation to prevent injuries and deaths from guns.
“We urge all County residents, businesses and organizations to work collaboratively to help reduce gun violence in our community and join us in remembering the lives lost too soon.”
The Council will issue a proclamation on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 to honor and remember all of the victims and survivors of gun violence and support efforts to prevent further tragedies.