This Harvard student lost 2 people to gun violence. Now he’s trying to get guns off the street.

RuQuan Brown just started his freshman year at Harvard, and he brought with him a fight against gun violence.


RuQuan Brown, a Harvard freshman and football player, knows firsthand what it's like to lose a loved one to gun violence in America.

"Gun violence is literally about a lack of love. I don't even blame the shooter because the shooter was crying for help and never got it." says Brown.

Brown's high school teammate and friend, Robert Lee Arthur Jr., and step-father, D'Ricco Howell, were both shot and killed in separate incidents. Out of these tragedies, Brown was inspired to start Love1 in honor of the number Robert wore on his jersey: No. 1.

Love1 is an anti-gun violence clothing line that donates a portion of its proceeds to communities that are negatively impacted by gun violence. They make t-shirts and accessories all to covey a message of love and unity.

He says, "I've written all of the people that have purchased from Love1 handwritten notes. I want them to know that they have a special place a part of this movement because I consider them a part of the family."

Most recently, Brown donated a portion of the proceeds to One Gun Gone, a public art project run by artist Scott Lapham.

"We donated $10,000 in the month of July. We donated a large portion to a family that lost their son and we donated the rest to an organization that buys guns off the streets and turns them into art." says Brown.

One Gun Gone's mission is to buy guns back from the streets while spreading awareness through sculpture and art.

Watch Brown's full story and hear how he is balancing being a business owner, student and college athlete all at once.

You can support Brown's business here and find more information on One Gun Gone here.