The Town of Chapel Hill raised an orange gun violence awareness flag at Peace and Justice Plaza yesterday in response to the increased frequency of school shootings.
Tuesday’s Marshall County High School shooting in Benton, Kentucky, marked this week’s third school shooting in the country.
“We’re so tired of raising this flag,” said Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger. “We have got to make some better decisions.”
The color orange corresponds with Moms Demand Action, a non-partisan group that advocates for stronger gun control laws and policies.
“We’ve got [the flag] out there and we’re standing together in hopes of some better times,” said Hemminger.
There have been 10 school shootings this year, and 238 since 2013.
The flag is raised annually as part of National Gun Violence Awareness Day.
The town has yet to determine how long the flag will hang.