Lift Every Voice Oregon: Promoting policies prohibiting the Sale of Assault Weapons and Large-Capacity Magazines
On May 15, 2019, Rabbi Michael Cahana of Lift Every Voice Oregon and Rev. Audrey Zunkel-deCoursey of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon gave strong testimony before the Oregon State Legislature in support of HB 2013 (see below for description). They presented two letters: a letter from LEVO and EMO in support of HB 2013, and a letter from 155 Oregon faith leaders from many religious backgrounds and many parts of our state in support of HB 2013 and SB 978 (see below for description). The letter and the testimony urged the legislature to move forward on additional gun safety legislation now and in the future, because there is much more work to be done.
Thank you to all faith leaders who signed! You are helping us make our community safer, one step at a time.
LIFT EVERY VOICE OREGON SUPPORTS TWO VERY IMPORTANT BILLS THAT ARE MOVING THROUGH THE OREGON LEGISLATURE THAT WILL HAVE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON GUN SAFETY AND PUBLIC HEALTH. THEY ARE SB 978-1 AND HB 2013:
The Senate Bill (SB 978) has many strong provisions seeking responsible action by private gun dealers, stores and individuals who may raise the minimum age from 18 up to 21 for purchasers. All gun owners must use gun locks for transfer of guns and for storage where children may be present or be liable for injuries caused. Guns, even those carried by those with concealed carry permits, may be restricted from public buildings, and "ghost" or printed guns are declared unlawful anywhere. Other provisions increase fees for permit applications and require hospitals to report information about gun related injuries for analysis by OHP.
The House Bill (HB 2013) provides that persons subject to court protective orders (e.g., for stalking or domestic violence) are prohibited from possessing firearms, including those already in possession, within 24 hours of the charge.
A panel from LEVO testified strongly in favor of SB 978-1, which has been passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee for a full vote of the Senate. HB 2013 is currently moving through the House. The letters of support offered by Lift Every Voice Oregon directors are posted HERE.
Lift Every Voice Oregon was on the front page of the Oregonian on April 8! The headline reads: "These pastors are ‘beating guns’ by transforming them into garden tools." Here's the LINK.
Read our OpEd in the Oregonian: Oregon should follow New Zealand’s lead on gun reforms
“We mourn with our Muslim sisters and brothers the great loss of life in the horrific shootings at the Al Noor and Linwood Mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Our faith communities have long stood together united in love to overcome violence and hate. We take solace in the actions of their prime minister for immediately taking steps to fix weaknesses in their gun laws – in particular, banning military-style semi-automatic weapons and large capacity magazines. And we hope that our own leaders in Oregon can find inspiration and show the same courage to protect Oregonians…”
Bills to Ban Ammunition Magazines over 10 Rounds and to Regulate and Restrict Military-Style Firearms Introduced in the Oregon Legislature!
Two new bills that will reduce the number and availability of military-style weapons and ammunition in Oregon were introduced in the Oregon legislative session on February 28, 2019:
HB 3265 (click here for full text) will limit all ammunition magazines to ten rounds.
The bill to limit ammunition magazines, HB 3265, will prohibit the use and future sale, transfer, and manufacture in Oregon of any firearm magazine that holds more than ten rounds of ammunition. Under current Oregon law, hunters are limited to just five rounds in a magazine when hunting large game such as elk.
HB 3223, which will regulate currently owned assault weapons, will prohibit the future sale, transfer, and manufacture of military-style assault weapons in Oregon. Gun owners who legally own firearms described in the bill may continue to keep the firearms but must register them with the Oregon State Police.
Please contact key public officials to show your support for these bills! You can find their contact info here.
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Lift Every Voice and Sing
Lift every voice and sing
till earth and heaven ring,
ring with the harmonies
Let our rejoicing rise
high as the listening skies,
let it resound
loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith
that the dark past has taught us;
sing a song full of the hope
that the present has brought us:
facing the rising sun of the new day begun,
let us march on till victory is won.
James Weldon Johnson 1871-1938
Six Principles for Non-Violent Direct Action
Fundamental tenets of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s philosophy of nonviolence described in his first book, Stride Toward Freedom. The six principles include:
Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people.
It is active nonviolent resistance to evil.
It is aggressive spiritually, mentally and emotionally.
Nonviolence seeks to win friendship and understanding.
The end result of nonviolence is redemption and reconciliation.
The purpose of nonviolence is the creation of the Beloved Community.
Nonviolence seeks to defeat injustice not people.
Nonviolence recognizes that evildoers are also victims and are not evil people.
The nonviolent resister seeks to defeat evil not people.
Nonviolence holds that suffering can educate and transform.
Nonviolence accepts suffering without retaliation.
Unearned suffering is redemptive and has tremendous educational and
Nonviolence chooses love instead of hate.
Nonviolence resists violence of the spirit as well as the body.
Nonviolent love is spontaneous, unmotivated, unselfish and creative.
Nonviolence believes that the universe is on the side of justice.
The nonviolent resister has deep faith that justice will eventually win.
Nonviolence believes that God is a God of justice.