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'Mothers Demand Action' rally for gun reform

The group holds the event once a year around this time to push for legislation.

Posted: Jun 8, 2019 6:20 PM
Updated: Jun 8, 2019 6:21 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Dozens of neighbors and multiple different community groups gathered at Alton Baker Park Saturday for the Mothers Demand Action 'Wear Orange' event. The event happens every year around this time to rally support for gun reform in America.

Among those in attendance were Women's Space, League of Women Voters Lane County, and Mayor Lucy Vinis.

Vinis also delivered an official proclamation declaring that in Eugene, Friday June 8th will be known as Gun Violence Awareness day. 

MDA is a national group with over 5-million total members. 

Charlie McKenna is the legislative lead for the group and he says their mission is about legislation, education, and changing the climate around gun violence in America.

He also says orange isn't a random color. He said it was chosen by a group of kids to honor their friend who was shot and killed in Chicago over 6 years ago. They said orange is the color hunters wear when they're hunting so people don't shoot them and that's exactly the message they are trying to spread. 

Those in attendance said they are passionate about gun reform because they said it is a problem we can do something about. 

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