Moms Demand Action Traverse City Participates in Nationwide Wear Orange Day to End Gun Violence

“It’s a problem in our nation and we need to correct that.”

A group in Traverse City is one of 800 nationwide wearing orange to support gun safety.

The Traverse City chapter of Moms Demand Action hosted its second annual Wear Orange event at Right Brain Brewery on Saturday.

Moms Demand Action has groups in every state, and the moms in Traverse City are working to spread its mission to Northern Michigan.

“We want people to know that we do have an organization here, a movement here in Traverse City that we are committed to end gun violence,” says Moms Against Action Traverse City group leader, Meredith Fritz.

Wear Orange Day was started in honor of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old who was killed one week after performing in President Obama’s second inaugural parade.

“Whether the hunters are wearing it up here in Northern Michigan, activists in New York, or loved ones of Hadiya Pendleton. This weekend we all wear orange to honor their lives,” Fritz said.

Linda Peltz posted a picture of her daughter Missy, who lost her life to gun violence, on the Wall of Memories.

“On July 11, 2004, my 32-year-old daughter Missy was a victim of a murder suicide in Boyne Falls,” Peltz said.

She says Moms Demand Action has given her a new purpose in life.

“For God’s sake something has to be done, we have to do something. We can’t sit back anymore and say ‘oh guns don’t kill people, people kill people.’ No guns do kill people,” Peltz said.

Moms Demand Action doesn’t want to do away with guns, but promote responsible gun usage.

“We want to know that we’re partners with the hunters out there because we know that they want to promote gun safety, that’s all we’re trying to do as well,” Fritz said.

Traverse City’s mayor was at the event. He says he supports the organization’s goal.

“We’re not trying to take anybody’s guns away from them, we just want sensible gun laws and sensible gun control to keep our kids and our families safe,” Jim Carruthers said.