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Gun Violence Day: Wear orange. The Little Rock river bridge will.

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A national group targeting gun violence is observing National Gun Violence Day today and events are scheduled in Arkansas.

Many national landmarks, including the bridge across the Arkansas River in downtown Little Rock whose color scheme is operated by the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau, will be bathed in orange light to mark the day.

Events include two by Supporters of Moms Demand Action:

* LITTLE ROCK: Allsopp Park, 5-7 p.m., a Wear Orange party.

* CONWAY: Signing of a mayoral proclamation is set at 10:30 a.m. today at 1201 W. Oak.

More information at the national group's website.  As noted there, hunters wear orange clothing as a safety measure. The wear orange movement began in 2013 when classmates of a slain teen in Chicago wore orange to honor their friend.

Wear Orange is an outgrowth of the nonprofit Everytown for Gun Safety, which advocates gun control and has roots in support from former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. It, according to Wikipedia, combined Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and works to inform about gun violence and ways to keep guns out of the hands of criminal. It has worked on making background checks on firearms purchases universal.

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