The actress formed the Everytown Creative Council and is part of Everytown for Gun Safety's "Wear Orange" campaign to raise awareness to stop gun violence

By KC Baker
June 01, 2017 09:00 AM
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In this week’s issue of PEOPLE, Academy Award-winning actress Julianne Moore talks to staff writer KC Baker about participating in the Wear Orange campaign, which takes place annually on June 2, National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Moore, 56, also opens up about what inspired her to take action to promote gun safety:

When the Sandy Hook shooting happened on Dec. 14, 2012, my daughter was 10 and was coming to work with me on a movie set. I asked hair, makeup, crew and other actors, “Please don’t mention this to her.” I was going to wait to tell her with her dad. But somebody posted something about it on her monitored Instagram account. She said, “Mommy, did a bunch of little kids get shot today?”

It occurred to me that I wasn’t protecting my daughter by trying to keep the news away from her, so I wanted to get involved.

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I reached out to the nonprofit organization Everytown for Gun Safety and started the Everytown Creative Council in 2015 — gathering other members of the creative community including Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Schumer, Alec Baldwin and Jennifer Aniston, who support gun-violence prevention.

That’s why the Wear Orange campaign is so important. It calls for people to wear orange on June 2 to send a message to end gun violence. The Wear Orange campaign shows that you can make a difference.

This is not an anti-gun or pro-gun argument. It’s a safety issue. In our country we have a right to bear arms. But we also have a responsibility to bear arms safely. On an average day, seven kids or teens are killed by guns. With regulation, you reduce deaths.

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We’re not talking about something outrageous. We’re talking about closing the background loophole, when guns are allowed to be sold without background checks, so there are fewer illegal guns in the world.

If we can manage to do that, that’s a pretty awesome thing and something we need to ask our legislators to do as well.

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