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‘Facts’ on guns are often complete falsehoods

The last issue of this newspaper contained both an opinion (“Gun violence now just part of the landscape,” Hillsboro Tribune, June 20 issue) and a citizen’s view on the subject of gun ownership. Both contained claims and “facts” picked up from older media sources that have since been Pinocchio-awarded for being complete falsehoods.

For instance, the claim that 80 percent of Oregonians, including many gun owners, support background checks on all gun sales — a complete fabrication that is easily verified, yet the media left it unchallenged. Or another: The U.S. firearm homicide rate is 20 times higher than the combined rates of 22 countries that are our peers in wealth and population. Twenty-two countries that are our peers in wealth and population? They don’t exist, clearly.

So if the gun control advocates really want to make a difference, quit lying, quit fabricating “facts” out of thin air. Quit the BS and tell the truth for a change. The rate of violence is down 49 percent in America in the last eight years. That is reality and verifiable. Do the same.

Roy Browning

West Linn

New CPR technique could be taught to all high schoolers

A few weeks ago, I listened to an Oregon resident’s heartwarming story of survival when he presented during a staff meeting at a fitness club in Gresham. Emotions aside, he delivered a clear and impactful message that the timely execution of CPR by two staff members of the club saved his life before emergency medical personnel arrived. Nearly 383,000 people have cardiac arrest outside of a hospital every year, and only 11 percent survive, most likely because of a lack of receiving CPR in a timely matter.

The American Heart Association has recognized an easily learned and very efficient method of CPR called “hands-only CPR” that requires nothing but your hands to perform and the courage to step up. By ensuring high school students in the state of Oregon learn hands-only CPR before graduating, we could put 45,000 additional lifesavers every year in our communities.

I applaud Portland Mayor Charlie Hales for declaring the first week in June as “CPR Awareness Week” — and I urge Oregon state legislators to take a step in the right direction as Washington, Idaho and 14 other states have done, and require hands-only CPR to be taught in all high schools by 2015.

Cameron Croonquist


Editor’s note: As part of CPR Awareness Week, the Hillsboro Fire Department recently partnered with students from Liberty High School to teach hands-only CPR to more than 500 eighth-grade students at South Meadows Middle School and Poynter Middle School in Hillsboro. According to spokesman Bruce Montgomery, the fire department hopes to bring hands-only CPR training to all the middle schools in the Hillsboro School District.

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