Eugene Activists Decry Parkland Shooting And NRA

Feb 20, 2018

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.

Gun-control activists outside the federal courthouse in Eugene.
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By noon, roughly three dozen people were gathered to hear Diane Peterson of the group, Moms Demand Gun Sense, talk.

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.
Credit Brian Bull / KLCC

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.

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