Citizens and faith congregations of Fayetteville, Arkansas will assemble with Mayor Lioneld Jordan by the Peace Ball sculpture at the Fayetteville Town Center on Friday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m. to proclaim Saturday, December 12, 2015 “Remembrance of All Victims of Gun Violence” Day in Fayetteville. The proclamation will be read as part of the National Vigil for Victims of Gun Violence.
Mayor Jordan’s proclamation will be followed on Saturday, December 12 by gatherings of Fayetteville faith congregations in their respective sanctuaries and simultaneous ringing of church bells citywide commencing at 9:00 a.m. Bells will toll for five minutes in remembrance of all victims of gun violence.
This event was organized by Arkansans Against Guns On Campus as part of the nationwide observance from December 9-12 to draw attention to the ongoing, extraordinary impacts of gun violence across American society and to remember all victims and survivors of gun violence.
Each year, more than 30,000 Americans die in acts of domestic gun violence with over 19,000 suicides and over 11,000 homicides committed by individuals using firearms. In the first 15 years of this century, three times more Americans were murdered with guns (more than 172,000) than were killed in action during 15 years of combat in the Vietnam War.