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Eugene Activists Decry Parkland Shooting And NRA

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Protesters gathered outside the Eugene federal courthouse today to denounce the latest school shootings and NRA lobbying efforts against gun control. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

By noon, roughly three dozen people were gathered to hear Diane Peterson of the group, Moms Demand Gun Sense, talk.

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Activists wave to passing cars as they criticize NRA lobbying efforts and the Trump Administration's stances on gun control following the Parkland school shooting in Florida.

Passing cars honked their support for those calling for stronger background checks, restrictions on assault rifles, and other gun control measures.  After the massacre at Parkland School in Florida, Peterson says she’s encouraged by the response both nationally and in Eugene.

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Diane Peterson, of Moms Demand Gun Sense, outside the federal courthouse.

“I see it as a tipping point," she tells KLCC.  "But what it takes is for everyone to rise up, and speak out, and make sure that we tip it over.

"We are here to support the Parkland students, and their movement to end gun violence and members of my own family will be there, at the March for our Lives on March 24th, in Washington DC.”

Peterson says her group, Indivisible Eugene, and Take Action Eugene are advocating passage of House Bill 4145 in the Oregon legislature. This would restrict firearm sales to people convicted of abusing or stalking their partners.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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