AP: Frustrated AMA adopts sweeping policies to cut gun violence

LINDSEY TANNER, Associated Press June 12, 2018

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.

Oregonian: Oregon Supreme Court decision could help gun control initiative

Posted June 08, 2018 | Updated June 11, 2018

By Hillary Borrud, The Oregonian/OregonLive

An Oregon Supreme Court decision on Friday could fast-track efforts to get a gun-control initiative on the ballot.

The Portland-area clergy backing the effort to ban the sale of many semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity magazines had worried that the state’s ballot title appeals process would leave them with little time to qualify for the November election.

Opponents of the proposal known as Initiative Petition 43 had appealed to the Supreme Court to modify the ballot title, saying the use of such terms as "assault weapons" and "large capacity magazines” is misleading.

But on Friday, the Supreme Court denied their requests for oral arguments – a decision that will likely speed up the court’s review of the ballot title. The court must sign off on the official ballot title before backers can begin gathering signatures.

OPB: Oregon Initiative To Curb Semi-Automatic Guns Can Still Qualify For Ballot, Backers Say

by Jeff Mapes; June 8, 2018

Sponsors of a controversial initiative to ban the sale of many semi-automatic weapons in Oregon are still hoping to qualify for the ballot even though they will at best have only two weeks to gather signatures.

“If we get the go, we’re prepared to get 120,000 signatures in 10 days or less,” said Mark Knutson, a Lutheran pastor from Portland and a chief sponsor of the initiative.

June 8, 2018


Wow. Just wow!  We have big news to share: The state Supreme Court just announced they will speed up the process to review the NRA's legal challenge to our ballot measure.

We are pleased that the Court decided on its own to move this matter forward in an expeditious manner, as the rules contemplate.

We are now closer to having a chance for signature gatherers to hit the streets for signatures as soon as the ballot title is certified,  so this life-saving initiative regulating assault weapons will be on the November ballot.

June 7, 2018

Lift Every Voice Oregon IP 43 Statement

From Rev. W. J. Mark Knutson, Senior Pastor Augustana Lutheran Church, Lift Every Voice Campaign Chair and Chief Petitioner

“Amidst a crisis in gun violence in America and the cry of our young leaders that enough is enough, Initiative Petition 43 is intended to keep our schools and communities safe. This is one of the great moral issues of our day regarding the well-being of our children and the sanctity of human life shared by our great faith traditions, the people of Oregon and the people of the United States of America. It is deeply troubling that the NRA wants to delay and even attempt to prevent the vote of the people that Oregonians so deeply wish to have the freedom to take. The time to vote on this common sense public safety and gun violence issue is now. The Lift Every Voice Campaign is hopeful that the Attorney General and the Supreme Court will handle this in an expeditious manner so we will be able to gather signatures as soon as possible and let the people of Oregon have their voices heard. We will not do anything to delay the issuing of the Ballot Title and those who oppose should join us in letting democracy work and to have the voters of Oregon express their views Tuesday November 6. We owe this to our children; their lives and their future depend on our actions today for public safety and the common good. Regardless of when we get the green light this month, our rapidly growing coalition is poised and ready to collect the 88,184 valid signatures needed to place our measure on the General Election Ballot this November. As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day on Thursday July 4, we have declared Sunday July 1st “LIFT 100,000 VOICES SUNDAY” as the culmination of a SIGNATURE SABBATH WEEKEND all over Oregon from Friday June 29 to Sunday July 1st, so that we will be ready to turn in 120,000 signatures by the deadline of Friday July 6.

AP: Oregon's High Court to Consider Proposed Gun-Control Measure

June 6, 2018

PORTLAND, Ore. — A proposed ballot measure that would restrict ownership of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines wound up in the Oregon Supreme Court after a gun rights proponent on Wednesday petitioned for a review of the ballot title, saying it was politically charged and deceptive.

June 6, 2018

Lift Every Voice Oregon IP 43 Statement: Calls for All Parties to Let the People Vote on Initiative Petition 43

On February 14th, 2018, in Parkland Florida, 17 students lost their lives by use of an assault weapon — a semi-automatic rifle designed to shoot multiple rounds. The use of such weapons in Oregon has occurred in Springfield, Clackamas and Roseburg and in many other cities in this country — we all know the names of those cities too well.

The Lift Every Voice Oregon Campaign arose in response to Parkland and other tragic shootings because something needed to be done to keep our schools and communities safe. Our grassroots campaign, of mostly volunteers, filed the initiative, known as IP43, to allow the people of Oregon to take a significant step to make Oregon safer. The Initiative Process has many steps, designed to ensure voters are informed on the issues and, then, empower them to vote directly on laws that will protect us. We want to do everything possible to ensure Oregon voters voices will heard without delay.

On May 23, 2018, the Attorney General Certified the Ballot Title as follows:

“Prohibits “Assault Weapons" (Defined), “Large Capacity Magazines” (Defined), Unless  Registered With State Police. Criminal Penalties.”

Should we take action to keep our schools and communities safe by regulating assault weapons?

That’s the issue that Oregonians will be asked to decide on the ballot. The Lift Every Voice Campaign is poised to go to the people to collect the 88,184 signatures required by July 6th to put Measure 43 on the November 2018 Ballot. The urgency of taking action is crucial.

We, therefore, are announcing that the Lift Every Voice Campaign will not file an appeal of the Certified Title in the Oregon Supreme Court.

“We should let the people of Oregon vote on whether to keep our schools and communities safe by regulating assault weapons,” said Reverend Mark Knutson, chief petitioner for lP43. “People of faith, students and Oregonians across the state want to begin collecting signatures immediately. We urge all citizens and any organizations, regardless of their position, to allow this issue to come before the public for a vote. It’s time to end the delay tactics and legal maneuverings. Oregonians deserve the opportunity to vote on this matter immediately. We intend to Lift Every Voice and let each voice be heard." ‘

June 6, 2018

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 (Roman Catholic) Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon:

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

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.”

May 10, 2018

May 10, 2018

Central Conference of American Rabbis: Resolution on Assault Weapons and High Capacity Magazine Ban

BE IT RESOLVED that the Central Conference of American Rabbis:

  • Calls on State and Federal Legislatures to renew and make permanent a ban on assault rifles and to include a ban on high capacity magazines and bump stocks (all of which to be defined by law); and

  • Calls on our members to lead congregations and communities in advocacy to bring about these bans; and

  • Publically supports the teens, including NFTY, who are leading the call for school safety through the ban of assault rifles and high capacity magazines.

Full text here.

March 26, 2018

The three Petitioners and a large group of students, clergy and people of good delivered 3,443 signatures to the Secretary of States Office, riding together in a yellow "Student First" school bus. The signature sheets were reviewed and verified for valid signatures. Though only 1000 are needed to send the matter to the Attorney General's office for drafting of the Ballot Title, up to 2000 can be accepted in support of the Initiative at this stage.