FLASH RALLY: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: IT’S TIME FOR COMMON SENSE GUN LAWS – Ashland Plaza, Monday, February 19
@ 4:00 p.m.
Peace House mourns the loss of seventeen precious lives and wounding of 14 more that hands one from their own community. We mourn with their fellow students, their parents, their brothers and sisters, their parents, teachers and school staff and all the first responders: police, medical and trauma support people, as well as the community at large.
We mourn that our country is caught in the grip of a culture of violence that has witnessed 200 school shootings since the Columbine massacre in 1999.
There were 11 school shootings in the first 23 days of 2018. Statistics indicate that we are at epidemic proportions in terms of an increase in mass shootings. We stand with the community of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and and Parkman, Florida in calling for increased gun safety legislation.
FLASH RALLY ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 4:00 P.M. AT THE ASHLAND PLAZA! OUR MESSAGE: Enough is Enough: It’s time for Common Sense Gun Laws
When it comes to laws that make gun ownership safer, our congressman, Greg Walden, has a bad track record. He has voted to allow people with mental illness to buy guns, to loosen restrictions on interstate gun purchases, ban gun registration and trigger locks in Washington, D.C., and he voted against expanding background checks from 24 hours to 72.
In fact, the NRA has given Walden a 93 percent rating and $40,000 to get re-elected. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence has given him a rating of 0 percent.
But after the latest high school mass shooting in Florida, there is new momentum to make change. And Walden has a few vulnerabilities:
He recently appeared with an extreme right-wing pundit for the NRA at a Portland conference. Dana Loesch has implied that guns should be used against the resistance. That should be embarrassing to him.
He co-signed a letter asking the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to re-visit the legality of “bump stocks’ which can turn a gun into a machine gun. That means he may be open to some gun restrictions.
And his committee is the keeper of the “Dickey Amendment,” which forbids using federal funds to research gun violence. That means if we want gun-related deaths to be considered a health hazard worth studying, we have to go through him.
In the coming weeks, expect a lot of discussion and action concerning our nation’s gun laws. And – if you call or write or happen to see Walden in person – remind him that we refuse to lose another child to some angry man who shouldn’t have a gun.
We see that he has sold us out to the gun lobby and we’ve had it. Enough is enough!
Bring your families, your friends, your signs, flags, pictures, artwork and poetry.