Judge Mueller and Mayor Layne Wilkerson issued a joint proclamation this morning. The proclamation declares the first Friday in June to be National Gun Violence Awareness Day in the City of Frankfort and the County of Franklin, Kentucky to honor and remember all victims and survivors of gun violence and to declare that we as a community must do more to end this public health crisis.

It was presented this morning at the Wear Orange for Gun Violence event in front of the Franklin County Judicial Center. The gathering was organized by the Frankfort Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense. Its purpose is to raise awareness about gun violence and honor the lives of gun violence victims and survivors. The group is calling for sensible gun reform.

The Joint Proclamation was read at the ceremony by Sirod Norphlet. He is a student at Franklin County High School. Other speakers included: Rev. Leslie Whitlock, Pastor of First Corinthian Baptist Church, Frankfort Police Chief Dusty Bowman, and Kyley Robinson.

According to statistical records every day, more than 120 Americans are killed by gun violence and more than 200 are shot and wounded, with an average of more than 17,000 gun homicides every year. Americans are 26 times more likely to die by gun homicide than people in other high-income countries.