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EUGENE, Ore. - Pro-gun activists gathered at the federal courthouse in Eugene on Saturday, April 21, to show their support for the second amendment. Specifically, a group of women organized the event to show female support for the right to bear arms and discomfort with the idea of proposed gun reforms.
In the wake of different events like national walkouts and the March for Our Lives events, supporters say there’s been a lot of talk about gun reform that they don’t feel happy about. They said the right to bear arms is just that, a right, and they’re not planning on giving up that right.
"People assume that this is up for debate. And this is one of our rights, and we will keep them," said Abigail Mathews, a co-organizer and speaker at the event.
Many supporters felt that proposed gun reforms wouldn’t actually end up making the country or state safer. They would just end up leaving responsible citizens defenseless.
"The criminals are not going to turn their guns in. They're still going to keep their weapons, and the law-abiding citizens, we're not going to have our weapons. We're not going to be able to protect ourselves," said Lesley Reeves, another co-organizer and speaker at the rally.
Organizers of the event said it’s important to recognize why women would support the second amendment. Many of them said they carry to defend themselves because it can be a scary world for a girl. One woman said she has a teenage daughter that lives on her own, and she couldn’t imagine her not being able to protect herself against a possible home invader. Another woman shared a story about a time a man tried to break into her home, and the only thing that stopped him from harming her or her son was her gun.
Supporters said they know this isn’t the end of their fight. They said they’ll continue to push back against proposed reform that they feel infringes on their rights.