TORONTO, Australia – The Toronto Raptors have began a petition to acknowledge the primary Friday of June as National Gun Violence Awareness Day in Canada.
The petition printed on Change.org asks Canadian legislators to affix the United States in observing the day to honour survivors and victims of gun violence.
In a launch saying the petition, the Raptors cited a Statistics Canada report that discovered firearm-related homicides have gone up 37 per cent over the previous 11 years, although there are massive knowledge gaps in data assortment.
National Gun Violence Awareness Day started within the U.S. in 2015 to honour 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton who was shot and killed on a playground in Chicago per week after she had carried out at President Barack Obama’s second presidential inauguration.
The Raptors’ petition comes after three latest mass shootings within the United States.
“The tragic mass shootings in Buffalo, Uvalde and now in Tulsa, have reminded us of the stark reality of gun violence in the United States — and has sparked a national conversation that gun violence does not stop at the border,” mentioned John Wiggins, Raptors vp, organizational tradition and inclusion, mentioned within the launch.
“In order to solve a problem, you have to acknowledge the problem exists. Well, the families and communities in Toronto and across Canada who have been impacted by gun violence can tell you it is here, and it is real.”
The Raptors highlighted the petition by means of movies posted on social media that includes members of the group, together with 2022 rookie of the yr Scottie Barnes and Toronto native Dalano Banton.
This report by The Canadian Press was first printed June 3, 2022.
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