South Bend to commemorate National Gun Violence Awareness Day on Thursday


By: Jon Zimney

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South Bend is commemorating National Gun Violence Awareness Day on Thursday, June 2, with a peace walk and a display at the South Bend River Lights.

“This is a day to acknowledge that every American city, including ours, is harmed by gun violence. It’s important not only to remember the victims and reject the violence, but to renew our commitment to solutions,” South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg said. “Ending gun violence is not only about policy and programs, but also awareness and culture. We must do whatever it takes to prevent families and communities from experiencing further suffering.”

South Bend residents organized a walk that will begin at Sinai Synagogue, 1102 E. LaSalle Ave., at 6:30 p.m. It will end at the Morris Performing Arts Center, where Buttigieg will speak about gun violence solutions.

The South Bend River Lights display will feature orange on Thursday night in honor of gun violence victims and survivors.

According to an October 2015 Pew Research Center report, between 11,000 and 12,000 Americans were victims of firearms homicides every year from 2009 to 2014.