Taking part in the Wear Orange campaign, Moore held up photos of three young adults who died of gun violence

By Jodi Guglielmi
June 02, 2017 10:55 AM
Julianne Moore holds a photo of Tyrone Lawson, who was killed by gun violence.

Julianne Moore is speaking out for National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

The Academy Award-winning actress, 56, posted a series of photos to her Instagram account on Friday highlighting fatal cases of gun violence in America and the lives lost as a result. This year’s annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day was held on the same day.

Dressed in support of the Wear Orange campaign, Moore held up photos of three young people — Jeffrey Banish, Tyrone Lawson and JaJuan McDowell — who died of gunshot wounds. In each post, she gave a short description of the victim along with a message of support.

“Tyrone Lawson, 17, was shot and killed leaving a college basketball game in Chicago in 2013,” she captioned the above photo.

“I #WearOrange for Tyrone along with the 93 people who are killed,” Moore wrote, “and the hundreds who are injured by gun violence every day in the United States.”

Moore’s advocacy for gun safety and gun violence prevention was inspired in part by the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.

She partnered with Everytown for Gun Safety and launched the Everytown Creative Council in 2015, in which she and 80 fellow entertainers, including Jennifer AnistonAlec Baldwin, Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer, advocate to end gun violence.

“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,” Moore told PEOPLE in this week’s issue.

“But we also have a responsibility to bear arms safely.”

“On an average day, seven kids or teens are killed by guns,” Moore said. “With regulation, you reduce deaths.”

“We’re not talking about something outrageous,” she said. “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.”