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Thousands of Oregonians Show Support For Gun Rights on Capitol StepsBonnie King Salem-News.com
Oregon pro-gun advocates joined brethren across the country at "High Noon".
(SALEM, Ore.) - The Oregon State Capitol front steps were crowded for hours, filling up before “High Noon”. The massive “Guns Across America” event occurred simultaneously across the country.
Oregon winter temperatures in the low 30's did not dissuade about two thousand citizens from showing their support for the Second Amendment --and their abhorrence to President Obama's recent announcement to increase gun control regulations.
The atmosphere was energetic, and the people were bonded by their common belief that they must defend the right to own firearms.
The President's proposals include a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, a mandatory background check for each gun buyer, more money for mental health, and stronger enforcement of current laws.
They believe the proposals are in direct conflict with their “God-given American Rights”. Oregon's bikers led the parade to the Capitol, and the people just kept coming.
Bikers and biker clubs have long been known for defending the US Constitution. They fly their colors proudly: the Red, White and Blue. Speakers included political pundit Lars Larson, a descendant of Wyatt Earp, and nearly a dozen others.
All were adamant about what the Second Amendment means to Americans, and the devastation that will ensue should the changes take place.
The enthusiastic crowd cheered as each of the speakers made their points, patriotic music keeping the energy high and the people warm.
Many demonstrators carried rifles, and some had holstered pistols strapped on, though none were said to have been loaded. These folks were adamantly legal.
Though there were very few anti-gun protesters on the scene, a few had the courage to stand up to the enormous crowd.
One protester said, “I have a gun, I am not against guns. I am against the lack of control that you all think is fine. I'm tired of children being murdered, aren't you?” To which she received scoffs and more than a few negative responses.
Gun-control advocates plan to hold a nationwide event on Sunday, “National Gun Prevention Sabbath”. They say 150 houses of worship will call on the faithful to advocate for an "actionable plan to prevent gun violence."
Rather ironically, there were five people injured by guns at three gun shows across the country while the rallies were underway. None were life threatening.
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Bonnie King has been Publisher of Salem-News.com since August '04. She is a photographer and video producer, writer, editor and mother, which she considers her greatest position. Bonnie has served in a number of positions in the broadcast industry; TV Production Manager at KVWB (Las Vegas WB) and Producer/Director for the TV series "Hot Wheels in Las Vegas", posts as TV Promotion Director for KYMA (NBC), and KFBT (Ind.), Asst. Marketing Director (SUPERSHOPPER MAGAZINE), Director/Co-Host (Coast Entertainment Show), Radio Promotion Director (KBCH/KCRF), and Newspapers In Education/Circulation Sales Manager (STATESMAN JOURNAL NEWSPAPER).
Bonnie has a depth of understanding that reaches further than just behind the scenes, and that thoroughness is demonstrated in the perseverance to correctly present each story with the wit and wisdom necessary to compel and captivate viewers and readers alike. An lifetime activist for just causes, she continues to strive to present facts that support Truth, Justice and Peace, as we are in the world to change the world for the better. "TJP"
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