National Gun Violence Awareness Day

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – On National Gun Violence Awareness Day, a group of activists came together wearing orange to call on the community to end what they call an epidemic of violence.

“We can overcome this and it’ll take all of us. Like my mom said, “let’s get better and do it together,” Franklin said.

Ricardo Franklin, son of the late Anita Franklin, is following in his mom’s footsteps and speaking out against gun violence.

“I’m a survivor of gun violence in my family. My brother passing away in 2014 and if I can do it, anyone can do it. I just want give people hope and show compassion to everyone who’s going through something,” Franklin said.

Something, like losing a friend or family member too soon.

According to the group Moms Demand Action, Kentucky has the 15th highest rate of gun deaths in the U.S.

“I believe it takes everyone to end this and it’s a problem that’s going on in multiple communities and it has to be addressed by everyone. Together we can accomplish that,” Franklin said.

That’s where Moms Demand Action comes in, “It’s a sad sad day for these families when they lose someone,” Crowe said.

The organization is working to create laws to prevent gun violence…including putting in place expanded background checks.

“We have two goals. One is for gun awareness in our community. Many people don’t understand the toll of gun violence and second, it’s to work legislatively,” Crowe said. “That’s where we do our action.”

Co-Leader Kathi Crowe says we’re losing a whole generation of young people to gun violence.

“It is not the way. Families are just so affected. It cost so much to every single kentuckian,” Crowe said.

She says the pain sticks with you.

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