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'This will keep happening until we improve'

Gun Owners for Responsible Ownership released statements in the wake of the June 10 Reynolds High School shooting.

Their commitment to change arose from the December 2012 shooting at the Clackamas Town Center, where two people were killed and a third wounded. All were strangers to the shooter.

The local group formed after national groups demanded action. Since its inception after the Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting, Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and is part of Everytown for Gun Safety along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

“We hear our representatives calling for prayers, but today, we call on responsible gun owners, mothers, fathers and all concerned citizens to call on our elected officials to pass reasonable reforms that will prevent gun violence. Will we have to wait until there is an active shooter at every school in America before our lawmakers act?” said Sarah Finger McDonald, Oregon chapter leader for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “Our children and teachers should be learning and teaching in schools — not on lock down, cowering under desks, and evacuated from school with their hands raised in the air.”

The shooting at the Troutdale high school was the 74th school shooting since Newtown, and the 37th so far this year

“We are devastated this has happened in our community once again, and that it comes as the latest of a number of recent shootings in the West,” said Paul Kemp, president of Gun Owners for Responsible Ownership and brother-in-law of Steve Forsythe, who was shot and killed at Clackamas Town Center. “Our family understands the emotion that those affected by this shooting are experiencing. It is like a bad dream you hope to wake up from. Even though Steve was killed 18 months ago, each shooting takes us right back to that day at the Clackamas Town Center. Our family sends our condolences to parents and family of the high school shooting victim and to all the students and teachers who were traumatized by the event.”

“Our family knows all too well what it’s like to lose a loved one in such a tragic and unexpected way, and we offer our love and support to the most recent family in our community to be affected by gun violence,” said Jenna Yuille, daughter of Cindy Yuille, who was the other victim at Clackamas Town Center. “This will keep happening until we improve gun safety in our communities. We hope to see Oregon lawmakers take action and do what the majority of gun owners want: Keep guns out of dangerous hands with background checks and safe storage laws.”

“My sincere and heartfelt grief goes out to the families, students and teachers affected today. We don’t know what led up to this shooting, but the burning question is, how could a gun be accessible to this teenager?” added Robert Yuille, co-founder and husband of Cindy Yuille. “As gun owners, it is our responsibility to speak up and to practice and promote gun safety in our communities. We want our elected officials to take action to prevent more of these senseless shootings. This can happen to anybody. Never take your loved ones for granted, and please stand with us to ask for better public safety laws that make it harder for youth and dangerous people to get access to guns.”

Gun Owners for Responsible Ownership are sportsmen, veterans, law-enforcement professionals, mothers and fathers, daughters and sons seeking reasonable and responsible solutions for the prevention of gun violence. They believe in Second Amendment rights, and in common-sense efforts to reduce gun violence and promote gun safety, including universal background checks to keep firearms out of the hands of dangerous people. They envision an America where all are safe from gun violence, and where the “silent majority” of responsible gun owners speak out to promote safe gun ownership and sensible regulations and laws.



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