THE ORANGE REPORT.
An online community platform for survivors and advocates
By Luis Hernandez
COVID-19, or coronavirus, is a deadly pandemic that’s highlighting the failures of our systems, leaving working class families scrambling, threatening the lives of the most vulnerable among us, and causing a surge in gun sales across the country.
Given the risks of gun-related suicides, domestic violence, and accidental shooting incidents, we urge everyone to utilize Red Flag Laws, and to encourage gun-owning relatives to safely store their firearms - particularly while children are at home during the school day.
Understandably, social distancing and other protective measures are impacting all of us, and certainly changing the way we advocate. At Youth Over Guns, our ongoing programming, and upcoming events for the next three weeks are being moved to virtual formats, or being postponed to later dates. Our team will continue to update you as things develop, but I want to reassure you that we are doing all that we can to advocate for lifesaving gun violence prevention policies and programs. Earlier this month, our joint Advocacy Day with New Yorkers Against Gun Violence was nearly cancelled due to the growing public health concerns, but we made it work virtually.
Covid-19 isn't stopping us and you shouldn’t let it stop you! So here are some resources and ways you can stay engaged while practicing social distancing: