By SCOTT JACKSON
The City Council on Monday unanimously approved a resolution recognizing this Friday, June 7, as National Gun Violence Awareness Day.
Councillors Brian Palmucci, Nina Liang and Anne Mahoney sponsored the resolution at Monday’s meeting. The resolution also had the backing of Mayor Thomas Koch, according to his chief of staff, Chris Walker.
This Friday is the fifth annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day, according to the councillors’ resolution; the event started following the 2013 murder of Hadiya Pendleton, a teenager from Chicago who was shot and killed little more than a week after performing in President Barack Obama’s second inaugural ceremony.
The resolution encourages residents to raise awareness of gun violence and honor victims of gun violence by wearing the color orange on Friday.
“We have a significant gun problem in our country,” Palmucci said Monday. “Wherever you fall on the spectrum of gun ownership rights, I think that’s without debate, that we have a problem with guns in the country and guns getting in the hands of the wrong people.”
“We’re seeking not to take any political position on gun rights, the freedom to own guns lawfully,” Palmucci added. “This just takes the position that says we should all be more aware of guns and gun violence and we encourage Quincy residents to support efforts to prevent the tragic effects of gun violence and to honor the value of all human lives.”
Mahoney said the matter is personal to her, because her sister survived being shot 45 years ago.
“We were getting ready for my older sister’s wedding and the most excitement in my life at that time was that I was going to be a flower girl…it’s a miracle in some ways she was able to be in the wedding and walk in the wedding,” Mahoney said.
“This is something I take personally, and I remember it very vividly, how it changed the dynamic of my family.”
The council’s approved the resolution days after a May 31 shooting at a Virginia Beach municipal building claimed the lives of 11 government employees and one contractor; the gunman was killed in a shootout with police.