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June 12, 2018

Frustrated AMA adopts sweeping policies to cut gun violence

LINDSEY TANNER, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — With frustration mounting over lawmakers' inaction on gun control, the American Medical Association on Tuesday pressed for a ban on assault weapons and came out against arming teachers as a way to fight what it calls a public health crisis.

At its annual policymaking meeting, the nation's largest physicians group bowed to unprecedented demands from doctor-members to take a stronger stand on gun violence — a problem the organizations says is as menacing as a lethal infectious disease.

June 6, 2018

A statement of support for IP 43 from The Right Rev Michael Hanley, The Episcopal Bishop of Oregon:

"As a member of Bishops United Against Gun Violence, I am committed to taking steps – both personally and pastorally in my ministry as Bishop of the Diocese of Oregon – that seek to promote public safety and diminish gun violence. Those actions include participating in public liturgy such as March For Our Lives and supporting common sense gun safety measures. For this reason, I support Initiative Petition 43 and Lift Every Voice Oregon in their efforts to reduce the future sales and transfers of assault weapons and high capacity magazines in our state. I am thankful for the people of all faiths training to gather signatures to get IP43 on the November ballot and encourage all who are willing and able to lend their support to this measure."

May 24, 2018

May 24, 2018

Statement from the U.S. Conference of (Roman) Catholic Bishops :

We call on Catholics and all people of good will to urge their Senators and Representative to support policy and legislative measures that:

  1. promote mercy and peacebuilding in our communities by implementing reasonable regulations on firearms such as:

    1. Require universal background checks for all gun purchases;

    2. Limit civilian access to high-capacity weapons and ammunition magazines;

    3. Make gun trafficking a federal crime, and;

    4. Improve access to mental health care for those who may be prone to violence,

  2. promote restorative justice by passing legislation to support important reentry programs that help people avoid re-offending,

  3. improve access to health care and treatment for those with addiction and mental health needs.

May 23, 2018

Oregon Evangelical Lutherans Speak Out on Gun Violence

Over the weekend the Oregon Synod of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, gathered for their Annual Assembly, overwhelming passed a Resolution calling on churches to “take action as they deem right” to “work to ban the sale of assault weapons, large capacity magazines (holding more than 10 rounds) and bump stocks in Oregon.”
     “We know Measure 43 will be before our state this Fall.” reflected Oregon Synod Bishop Dave Brauer-Rieke. “However, Measure 43 is not specifically referenced in this Resolution. Individuals throughout the state will differ on how best to keep our communities safe, and we respect the conversation.”
     “We have intentionally taken up the call of our nation’s youth who cry out ‘Enough is enough!’” said Brauer-Rieke. “Now is absolutely the right time to address gun violence. Our schools are not safe. Our communities are at risk. Young people suffer from our inaction.”

Observer: 'Now is the Time to Act'

Moved by gun violence, faith leaders call for action

Dana Lynn Barbar, Portland Observer | 4/3/2018

Protecting children and teenagers from gun violence is the driving force of a new grass roots effort to regulate semiautomatic weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines in Oregon.

A diverse group of faith leaders in Portland are working together to gather signatures for a proposed ballot measure that if approved by voters would require that existing semiautomatic weapons and large capacity magazines be registered by their owners, as well prohibit the future sale and transfer of these weapons and magazines statewide.

Rev. W. J. Mark Knutson, senior pastor of Augustana Lutheran Church in northeast Portland, is chairing the ballot initiative campaign, along with chief petitioners Rev. Alcena Boozer, director emerita at St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church in northeast Portland and a former principal at Jefferson High School, and Rabbi Michael Z. Cahana of Congregation Beth Israel. Imam Muhammad A. Najieb, director of the Muslim Community Center of Portland, is campaign treasurer.

At this time, the initiative is called “Lift Every Voice, Oregon Measure 43.” If the required number of signatures are gathered and approved, it will be on the ballot in November.