Dozens attend Stop Gun Violence rally

Nearly 30 people made their way to the federal courthouse Tuesday to voice their concerns about gun violence in our country.

Posted: Feb 20, 2018 6:15 PM
Updated: Feb 20, 2018 6:29 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – People in Eugene are calling for tighter gun control after the school shooting in Florida.

Nearly 30 people made their way to the federal courthouse Tuesday to voice their concerns about gun violence in our country.

The rally was organized by three grassroots organizations made up of local volunteers. One of the groups was "Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America."

Diane Peterson, with the organization, said enough is enough and is fed up with the dangers that come with guns.

"We cannot let our children be slaughtered anymore in their schools and we cannot feel unsafe in our communities because of the prevalence of weapons,” Peterson said. “So we need to set reasonable laws around that."

Mitchell Rash is a retired marine who attended the rally. He said he is a proud gun owner and served our country for more than 20 years to protect the Constitution, which includes the Second Amendment.


"I use my guns for hunting and I do target practice as well,” Rash said. “But I do it responsibly, I don't have a criminal record. I do it safely.”

Peterson said they don't want to get rid of the Second Amendment. But said there needs to be stricter gun laws that will make gun owners more responsible.

"We're not trying to take guns away from responsible gun owners,” Peterson said. “We are not trying to prevent people from having them. But we are trying to keep them out of the hands of dangerous people.”

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