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Eugene Residents Rally for Gun Control

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EUGENE, Ore. — Crowds gathered in downtown Eugene to rally for tighter gun control laws, but the demonstration was also met by protesters who do not want stricter laws.

Ceasefire Oregon and Million Moms March are two groups that organized the rally. The groups said they want to see stricter gun laws, particularly restrictions on assault weapons and high capacity magazines.

Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy delivered the keynote address at the rally. Piercy is a part of a group called Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which pushes for criminal background checks for all gun sales, and making gun trafficking illegal. She said they are not trying to ban all guns.

Gun owners who showed up to counter the demonstration said stricter gun laws will not help cut down on violence. “Background checks don’t apply to criminals, they’re not going to go to your local Sports Authority or wherever to buy a firearm. They’re going to go to the street,” said Trevor Burchard, Eugene gun owner.

The protesters said they’re against Oregon House Bill 3200 that would put a limit on the number of assault weapons a person can own. It would also require current owners to get rid of these weapons, or register them.

One event organizer shared firsthand gun violence stories with the crowd. “They’re no longer a symbol of freedom, they’re exactly what they were designed to be, a lethal weapon that once again wound up in the wrong hands,” said Baldr Odinson, Ceasefire Oregon member.

Demonstrations on both sides were peaceful. Event organizers even said they were glad gun owners showed up because it gave them a chance to discuss their opinions.

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  1. ahshucks says:

    Mayor Kitty Piercy What the hell is wrong with you people. Where is your logic to the problem? The problem is Criminals, Psycho’s and druggies. You control these people the gun problems are solved. Since when has a criminal went to a gun store to buy a gun and get a back ground check. Let’s see duh never. You Lib Ta*ds need to get a grip. It’s time for a change of politicians in Oregon, Lane county and Eugene. These libbers are taking our rights away one at a time.

    During May voting ballots I would like to see all gun owners vote against any increase in taxes, fee’s or anything that would support these Lib Ta*rds.

    1. Postone says:

      Well said, bravo!

  2. don jones says:

    HB3200 won’t even make it to the floor, Prozanski said it wouldn’t. It is outrageous yes, but is off the table. Oregon will go along side the federal law.

    BTW, you can’t ban a “class” of weapons. An assault weapon ban, although it sounds ominous, won’t happen. The deal is” put the most ignorant outrageous bill together you can, then you might end up with exactly want you want in compromise.

    That is how come our legislators are most always lawyers. They are slimy and dirty to start with.

  3. Postone says:

    The problem is that the powers that be (in this case the Eugene City Counsel) don’t think, they just react. Just like the rest of the powers that be, its a bandwagon. And I’m not trying to be mean here.

    The fact is you all (lawmakers, politicians, local and county governments) attack this problem and the law abiding citizens of the communities around this nation when its not the law abiding citizen who carrying out these atrocities.

    I only have a GED (never finished high school) and I can figure this out, how come you people in city government whom (most if not all) have college degrees can’t?

    It just boggles the mind…

  4. Postone says:

    I don’t understand how in the world the powers that be (Mayor and the Eugene city counsel) can think creating stricter laws will stop criminals from purchasing guns and killing people with them?

    You are only making it harder for the law abiding citizen to purchase firearms. Unless that is your “intent” (agenda) is that your intent to make it harder and harder for law abiding citizens to purchase guns. Or are you just “lambs and followers, who do what ever the Federal Government and the rest of the powers that be are doing, by making hard and harder to legally purchase firearms?

    I have a GED and I understand that NO CRIMINAL IS GOING TO WALK INTO GUN STORE AND TRY TO LEGALLY PURCHASE A FIRE ARM! Thus, creating new laws or banning certain firearms is not going to stop any future killing!

    I’m assuming most of you on the Eugene City counsel and the Mayor have college degrees?

    The “lack” of “critical thinking” and the common sense of those elected (in Eugene,) to serve the citizens (and indeed all the powers that be in this country) is simply mind boggling!

  5. Alex Pape says:

    I find it hard to believe much that a person says when they don’t even care to give their real name when speaking to the public. Baldr Odinson a screen name adopted by this anti-gun blogger. He and Ceasefire Oregon clearly have little or no credibility given the fact only about a dozen or so people showed up to support this event. Nearly as many people showed up in opposition.

    1. ahshucks says:

      @Alex Pape; Frankly its none of your business why we don’t use our real.

  6. jason marks says:

    It’s all a bunch of hot air and waste of time.

    Concentrate on funding and budgeting issues to make at least a half assed attempt at keeping the criminals we have, yet alone worrying about making new criminals out of law abiding citizens by taking away their constitutional rights.

    Foolish, ignorant people.

  7. ahshucks says:

    @Alex Pape; Frankly its none of your business why we don’t use our real name.

  8. Freedom4All says:

    This is disconcerting that so many Americans are against the U.S. Constitution. As if they are more intellectual or somehow more enlightened then the founding fathers. Those in a time who were not bombarded with the commercialization of our current society, being not only politicians but doctors, architects, philosophers, and inventors among many other endeavors they sought after. Endeavors of selflessness for the betterment of all mankind. Our society studies that which is only for the betterment of our own individual positions, not entirely even for the improvement of ourselves. It is the main concern of the majority of the politicians in Washington as well, they are only concerned with their future in politics, not the betterment of the country. The reason the authors of the bill of rights used the words, “shall not be infringed,” about guns is so the common man could match technology with the current government in some form that in case of totalitarian dictatorship that could arise, or complete disregard for the population should occur, as it appears is possible soon, would be so that the people could form a well armed militia to remove that government from power and start from scratch as they saw fit. Removing any right from the bill of rights, or dismissing any as simply a privilege implies any of them could be diminished or entirely removed. What is stopping them from removing all freedom of speech? Freedom of privacy in your home? Never trust government that says they are here to help you by taking something away. They are just humans that want more of what they have to stay where they are at, if you give them the power they ask, they will take more power, taking with it more freedoms. The falseness and arrogance of “pacifist enlightenment” leads to destruction as it did in Rome. Learn from the mistakes of the past, and see the near perfection of the living document that is the U.S. Constitution as in it adjusts to the time but makes no room for socialism. Socialism was broken before it started. Please read the Declaration of Independence to see what examples are bad for politicians to engage in as those were the list of reasons the country separated from England. Please read the U.S. Constitution and match everything any politician promises to be in line with it before you vote as any deviation could lead to removal of freedoms in the future, as we are seeing constantly. Besides the 16th amendment, I agree with pretty much everything else.

    “There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly. I please myself with imagining a State at last which can afford to be just to all men, and to treat the individual with respect as a neighbor; which even would not think it inconsistent with its own repose if a few went to live aloof from it, not meddling with it, nor embraced by it, who fulfilled all the duties of neighbors and fellow-men. A State which bore this kind of fruit, and suffered it to drop off as fast as it ripened, would prepare the way for a still more perfect and glorious State, which also I have imagined, but not yet anywhere seen.” Henry David Thoreau ~ 1849 ~ Civil Disobedience

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