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Governor John Kitzhaber issued a proclamation designating June 21st, 2014 as Asking Saves Kids Day, and encouraged all Oregonians to join in this observance. The ASK Campaign encourages parents to ask "Is there is an unlocked gun in your house?" before sending their child over to play. Asking this question is a simple step that every parent can take to keep their child safe, and possible save their child's life.
Our hearts go out to the victims of the recent shootings at Reynolds High School and Seattle Pacific University. At Reynolds High School, the shooter killed a 14-year-old freshman and wounded a teacher before killing himself. At Seattle Pacific University, the perpetrator of the shooting walked into a hall's lobby with a shotgun, and opened fire on three students. Freshman student Paul Lee was fatally wounded; he was 19 years old. Paul lived in Beaverton and was a 2013 graduate of Westview High School.
In America today, shootings happen so frequently that usually only mass shootings gain attention. Sadly, in addition to these horrifying acts, gang violence is common. And that doesn't even touch the numbers of suicide by gunshot. Over 300 people in Oregon committ suicide with guns every year.
Gun violence is a huge issue and we need more than just one solution. Just like cancer has many causes and requires many different treatments, gun violence has many roots and requires many different tactics. One tactic would be requiring background checks for all gun sales in America. Another would be increased support for mental health treatment.
In the Seattle Pacific shooting, as in many mass shootings, the killing is ended when the murderer stops to reload and heroes have a chance to tackle the shooter. It's one reason why Ceasefire Oregon has worked to limit the number of bullets allowed in gun magazines.
Does it work? When Adam Lanza took 11 seconds to reload at Sandy Hook, 11 kids escaped. Yes, it works. But it's not enough. We need to stop these murder rampages before they begin.
Three Beverly Cleary students have won second place in the middle school category in the national 2014 C-SPAN Student Cam documentary contest for their film "Gun Control in America." Contestants were asked what issue they thought was the most important facing Congress in 2014.
These students decided to address gun violence in America. Their seven minute film includes interviews with Representative Earl Blumenauer and a Ceasefire Oregon volunteer.
President Obama has nominated Dr. Vivek Murthy, a distinguished and well-qualified doctor, to be the next Surgeon General. However, his nomination is being opposed by the National Rifle Association. The reason? Dr. Murthy supports effective gun laws and views gun violence as a public health issue that can and should be addressed immediately.
The New England Journal of Medicine ran an excellent editorial supporting his nomination. Please contact Senator Ron Wyden and Senator Jeff Merkley and urge them to support Dr. Murthy!
In 2007 Missouri repealed a law requiring background checks and licenses for all gun owners. A new study from the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research shows that after this law was repealed, firearm deaths in Missouri increased by 23 percent (55 to 63 more murders annually from 2008 to 2012).
This study provides compelling confirmation that weaknesses in gun laws lead to deaths from gun violence.
The 2014 Oregon Legislature did nothing to prevent gun violence. SB 1551, which would have required background checks on almost all gun sales in Oregon, did not come up for a vote and died in the Senate Rules Committee. The lack of a vote was despite promises made to Rules Committee Chair Senator Floyd Prozanski that SB 1551 would receive a vote.
We ask Oregonians to hold their legislators accountable for not enacting laws that will reduce gun violence. We demand that our legislators stand up for the lives of Oregonians.
Ceasefire Oregon will continue to work to pass common-sense gun safety laws and educate the public about the effectiveness of laws including universal background checks and child access prevention.
Thank you for joining us for the January 28th Gun Violence Prevention Summit!
The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence released their 2013 State Scorecard: Why Gun Laws Matter. The report contains analyses of the gun laws in every state, and it ranks states according to how effective and strong their laws are. Every state is awarded a letter grade indicating the overall strength or weakness of its gun laws. Oregon's grade is a D+.
2013 was an important year. After the horrifying massacre at Sandy Hook, twenty-one states passed new laws to reduce gun laws, and eight of them enacted major reforms.
Thank you for joining us at the December 11th vigil in honor of the victims of the Clackamas Town Center!
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all victims of gun violence, their families, and their friends. The mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard on September 16 resulted in 13 deaths (including the shooter's), and many others were injured. This is the deadliest shooting since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Just three days after the Navy Yard shooting, 13 people were shot in a park in Chicago. Thankfully, all survived, but several were seriously injured.
While mass shootings receive the most media attention, dozens of people are victims of gun violence every day--in moments of rage, feuds with neighbors, drive-by shootings, domestic violence, suicides, unintentional shootings, and many other instances.
Since the massacre at Sandy Hook, Joe Nocera, a columnist for The New York Times, has issued the Gun Report, a daily update that provides a grim record of the carnage and death on our streets, much of which results from inadequate gun safety laws. Visit http://nocera.blogs.nytimes.com/category/gun-report/.
The American people deserve better than this. While laws that present real opportunities to save lives sit on the desks of legislators, many Americans continue to die as a result of gun violence. The American people are calling for action. Our legislators need to act now.
The 2013 Oregon Legislature did nothing to prevent gun violence.
We are deeply disappointed that even after the recent horrific shooting tragedies here in Oregon and across the country, the 2013 Oregon Legislature chose to do nothing to reduce gun violence. Oregonians overwhelmingly support common-sense steps like requiring universal background checks to ensure that guns do not end up in the hands of criminals. It is our hope that our elected leaders will soon catch up with the views of their constituents.
The movement to strengthen our gun laws is stronger today than at any time in the last decade. With our partners in the Oregon Alliance to Prevent Gun Violence, Moms Demand Action and the Brady Campaign, we will continue gearing up for new educational campaigns and the next legislative session. We appreciate the hard work by Senators Floyd Prozanski and Ginny Burdick this session and look forward to successfully passing legislation to make our communities safer.
Ceasefire Oregon mourns the death of Julie Sterling, our dear friend, co-founder, board member, and lifelong advocate. She was an inspiration to all of us, and we will miss her dearly.
Oregonians support common-sense gun safety laws: watch and share this video.
Keep guns away from dangerous people
Require universal background checks
Background checks prevent criminals and people with serious mental illness from buying guns. That's why a background check should be required for every gun sale. 81% of Oregonians support universal background checks on all gun sales. Ask your legislators in Salem to require universal background checks. This is a terrific reform that we strongly support.
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A new report shows that many people already banned by existing federal law from purchasing guns are using online sales to evade background checks and acquire guns illegally. There are no federal background check requirements to prevent such online sales, and many people who would be discouraged by background checks at gun dealers are taking advantage of this online private sale loophole.
Current Oregon law also does not require background checks for these online sales.→ view full article
A new article shows that far too many children die from being accidentally shot with guns––far more than the official statistics say. And these deaths are preventable.→ view full article
The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the National Physicians Alliance have just issued a report on gun violence with recommendations on how to reduce deaths and injuries by firearms.→ view full article
Gun violence is a public health issue, but one we can solve. The first step is to enact universal background checks--require a background check for the sale of every gun.