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President Trump's Response To Recent Shooting Massacres Riles Activists

Brian Bull

Eugene locals gathered today in front of the Federal Court House to protest gun violence in the United States, following the fatal Texas shooting earlier this week. 

“It makes the headlines when these mass shootings happen which, unfortunately, are all too common in America," says Charlie McKenna.  He's with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. 

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Charlie McKenna.

"But what most people don’t realize is, 93 Americans are killed every day with firearms and so our cause is bigger than just trying to reduce the number of mass shootings, we’re trying to reduce the gun violence across the board.”

McKenna takes issue with the way President Trump responded to the Texas shooting. Trump praised the men with guns who went after the shooter and blamed mental illness for the shooter’s actions.

McKenna says their organization will continue to fight for stricter gun laws at the national, state, and local level. 

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ 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 (22 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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