Saturday: We were a human advertisement for peace at the One Million Moms for Gun Control rally in Portland, OR.
Lest you think we radical Portlanders have cornered the market on
political activism fun, take heart! One Million Moms for Gun Control (1MM4GC) chapters are forming all over the country. If there isn’t one in your community, start it.
Click here for more images from the day, including the guy who brought two kinds of death with him: a cigarette and a semi-automatic gun.
The OPHA legislative visit day happened to fall on the same day that the Oregon Firearms Federation decided to hold a rally.
Click that link to see photos from the Oregonian. Yes, the one that says, “rally.”
Really. Click it. They take much better pictures than I do. Unfortunately, they didn’t include a single photo of the three intrepid souls who stood on the Capitol steps with signs for gun safety: reasonable measures like universal background checks, limiting magazine capacity to ten rounds or less, and holding adults legally liable if their gun is used by a child to kill someone.
You’d think nobody wants a criminal or severely mentally ill person to buy a gun without a background check, or for kids to get their hands on a semi-automatic gun that can shoot hundreds of rounds, right? Yet, the ‘OFF’ers were very vocal about their opposition to these measures.
They claim they need semi-automatic guns to protect themselves from a tyrannical government.
They compared themselves to Rosa Parks. Repeatedly. I suspect it’s an OFFicial talking point.
They crowded around the Ceasefire representative while she was doing a television news interview. They tried to shout her down. She firmly reminded them of her First Amendment rights to free speech:
It’s about participation not intimidation.
As she returned inside the building, a man called after her:
Are you a legislator? No? You’re probably a secretary. Go back inside, wench!
She is my hero.
It amazes me that Ceasefire Oregon has been working so hard for so long, up against such an aggressive opposition… and they have never had paid staff. They are a volunteer-run organization on the leanest budget I’ve ever heard of. They are truly a non-profit non-profit.
When I told one friend about this, he said he’d donate $500.
Another posted a picture to Facebook and pledged to donate $3 for every ‘like.’
I’m volunteering several hours a week helping them gain supporters and plan a lobby day.
How can you help? Be a true patriot.
Contact your legislator–they REALLY need to hear from you. (I don’t use all-caps lightly. I mean it!)
Please consider making a donation to Ceasefire today–whatever you can afford.
And, you, too, can blog for peace.
- Bloggers for Peace
- One Million Moms for Gun Control hold anti-gun rally at Portland City Hall (photos) (photos.oregonlive.com)
- Gun rights advocates bring weapons inside Capitol during peaceful ‘Patriot Party’ rally (oregonlive.com)
- Gun rights advocates could bring protest — and loaded weapons — inside Oregon Capitol (oregonlive.com)
- Oregonians skeptical of gun control in general, but support some new firearm restrictions (oregonlive.com)
- Gun rights demonstrators rally at Oregon Capitol (ktvz.com)
- Gun rights demonstrators rally at Oregon Capitol (koinlocal6.com)
- Clackamas Town Center shooting: Ceasefire Oregon gains 12 co-sponsors for assault weapons ban (oregonlive.com)
- Oregon gun owners not monolithic in their views on new firearms restrictions, survey shows (oregonlive.com)