It was a sea of orange at the Bluffton Farmers Market Thursday, as dozens took part in the “Wear Orange” event which celebrated National Gun Violence Awareness Day.
“Our goal is to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals, abusers, and the seriously mentally ill, thats it. And that’s what we’re talking about. We’re also talking about enforcing the gun laws we have, which isn’t happening right now,” says Sandy Ewing, of “Moms Demand Action.”
Officials say the event started in 2013 after a Chicago woman was shot and killed. The national event asks people to wear orange to raise awareness. It is the same color hunters wear for protection, and safety.
“Gun violence in our country is a serious issue and we can do more,” Ewing says.
Participants spoke with vendors and other attendees, sharing their message through signs, stickers, and even through dance.
For Rudy Milton, she knows first-hand the impact of gun violence. Her son, Dominique Williams was shot and killed near Coligny Beach last July. Now, she’s fighting for others.
“I will not stop fighting for him, and I will never give up for my son. He was my only child, and I will do whatever it takes to raise awareness and for this to never happen to another youth in my community, let a lone the nation.”
For Milton, she’s hoping some of this enthusiasm carries into Saturday when a walk to honor her son is planned.
The walk for Dominique Williams will take place Saturday morning from 8 to 11a.m. at Coligny Beach on Hilton Head.
Williams was shot to death at the busy south-end beach park when he was 17.
The walk will raise money for the Dominique Williams Musician Corner Scholarship, which will go to students who want to pursue an education in music.