When you are talking about guns in America, you are talking about absurdities, given, just for instance, that inhabitants of what is sometimes referred to as the most powerful country on earth are 25 times more likely to be murdered with a gun than citizens of other so-called developed countries. On this very day, 96 Americans are likely to be killed by guns, according to Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit that advocates for gun control. When you are talking about wearing orange this weekend—for what will be the fourth Wear Orange Weekend, on what would have been the 21st birthday of Hadiya Pendleton, who, in 2013, was a 15-year-old shot and killed a week after performing in President Obama’s second inaugural parade, after which her friends began wearing orange to call awareness to gun violence—you are dealing with strange paradoxes. In the past few months, survivors of gun violence have often noted the positive effects of the teenage survivors of the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida: They changed policy, or helped change it, in Florida, where the state legislature passed a “red flag” law, raised the legal age to purchase firearms in the state to 21, and prohibited the purchase and possession of bump stocks, among other things. (So far, nine states have enacted red flag laws, four since Parkland, five if you include Delaware’s Beau Biden Gun Violence Protection Act.) At the same time, the Parkland shooting has done what school shootings, sadly, so often end up doing, at least in terms of mass media coverage: make Americans forget the extent of America’s gun violence—and make them forget, in particular, that gun violence isn’t just about the increasingly frequent school shootings so much as it is an everyday plague. (Again, according to Everytown, seven teenagers and student-age kids will be killed just today.) And another shooting at a majority white high school also means—as the Parkland students, to their great credit, noted—that their voices will inadvertently drown out the voices of communities who are suffering gun deaths day in and day out, communities where gun violence is portrayed less as spectacular and more as expected and unsolvable, a view tainted by our national biases of race and class.