City of Paducah to Recognize ‘National Gun Violence Awareness Day’

May 9, 2018

Ashley Valentine speaking at Tuesday's City Commission meeting.
Credit Paducah City Youtube Channel

The City of Paducah is joining communities across the country on June 2 recognizing National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

Mayor Brandi Harless at a city commission meeting Tuesday night called on residents to wear orange in solidarity.

 

She said the color correlates with hunters wearing orange to protect themselves from harm.

 

Ashley Valentine is a member of the Paducah chapter of the national gun control advocacy group Moms Demand Action.

“I cannot thank the Paducah City Commission for your kindness and empathy, and for survivors in our area, for claiming June 2, 2018, Gun Violence Awareness Day,” Valentine said.

 

A fatal high school shooting occurred in Paducah 20 years ago last December.

 

The city is a little more than 20 miles from Marshall County High School, where a student is accused of opening fire on classmates in January, killing two and injuring others.

 

The Moms Demand Action Paducah chapter formed in February.

 According to Every Town spokesperson Valerie Jean-Charles, 184 mayors recognized National Gun Violence Awareness Day last year.  She said Mayor Brandi Harless is the first mayor to release such a proclamation for National Gun Violence Awareness Day 2018.  This post has been updated.