Led by its Gun Sense Committee, members of HCDP strongly supported National Gun Violence Awareness Day “Wear Orange” activities that took place in Horry County June 2 and the weekend of June 3 and 4, including participation at the Grand Strand Pride event at Chapin Park in Myrtle Beach kicking off 2023 Pride Month.
“The Pride Event was a huge success and included seven HCDP and Gun Sense members manning the HCDP booth,” reported Henry Garbelman, HCDP Gun Sense Committee chair.
“We provided information about the Gun Sense Committee, Voter registration and the Wear Orange events of the weekend,” he said. “The Gun Sense Committee handed out free stickers to over 60 people, gained 54 signatures on its petition to close the Gun Shows, and raised $22.00 in donations. In addition, several people registered to vote and several more were provided information on how to register.”
The Wear Orange campaign was successful and concluded with a rally at Galivants Ferry Sunday, “where we hit a record high for responses from travelers,” Garbelman said, adding that the Committee was pleased to support the initiatives of Moms Demand Action, a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures that can protect people from gun violence.
Those initiatives included walks on both Myrtle and North Myrtle Beach, an evening event at the Myrtle Beach Sky Wheel, and rallies at the Cedar Branch Community Center in Loris, at Myrtle Place, as well as at Galivants Ferry.