• HBO, MTV, Celebs, and Bloomberg Join Forces for ‘National Gun Violence Awareness’

    HBO, MTV, and a host of celebrities will join Michael Bloomberg and other pro-gun control groups to watch participating mayors proclaim “Gun Violence Awareness Day” in their cities on June 2.

    Participants will “wear orange,” a color that symbolizes the value of human life,” according to PRNewsWire,  to help “honor the 88 Americans whose lives are cut short by gun violence every day.”

    MTV will “change its on-air logo — as well as several of its social media avatars — to orange in recognition of National Gun Violence Awareness Day.”

    Participating celebrities include:

    Julianne Moore, Russell Simmons, Sarah Silverman, Michael Stipe, Patti Smith, Aasif Mandvi, Alyssa Milano, Padma Lakshmi, John Hodgman, Amanda Peet, Perez Hilton, Melissa Joan Hart, Tiffani Thiessen, Tunde Adebimpe of TV On The Radio, Rise Against, Mario Batali, Anti-Flag, Nigel Barker, Grace Weber, Jon Foreman, Judith Hill, Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors, Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees and Thomas Roberts of MSNBC.

    Julianne Moore became the celebrity face for Everytown for Gun Safety’s year-end donations drive last December.  Moore wrote a letter asking possible contributors to donate “$5 or more” to “stop gun violence” and “save lives.”

    Melissa Joan Hart signed on for Moms Demand Action’s Mother’s Day week gun control push last month. The push was largely out-shadowed by the number of Americans flocking to gun stores to get guns and bullets for self-defense following the Islamic attack in Garland at the start of Mother’s Day week.

    Motown Records and Essence Magazine, in addition to the celebrities, will  join HBO and MTV in support of “Gun Violence Awareness Day.”

    Participating Senators include Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Al Franken (D-MN) and Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT).

    Congressional participants include Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA), Rep. Elizabeth Etsy (D-CT), Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) .  Rep. Bob Dold (R-IL) will be the only Republican attending.

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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