Letters To The Editor
Elect a governor who will get serious about gun regulations
Enough is enough.
The next governor of Oregon must lead our great state to enact common sense gun regulation for the safety of all.
Candidate Tina Kotek has worked to pass legislation to require safe storage of firearms, allow schools to ban guns on property, keep guns away from domestic abusers and much more.
And the other candidates?
Sen. Betsy Johnson tried to block common-sense legislation at every turn, voting against expanding background checks, safe storage and so much more.
Rep. Christine Drazan received an "A" rating from the NRA and voted against legislation to require safe storage of guns.
While all three candidates have significant legislative experience and the ability to get things done, one candidate stands out from the rest. I will be voting for Tina Kotek because enough is enough.
Let us not forget Oregon's mass shootings:
• 1977 Klamath Falls
• 1981 Salem
• 1984 University of Oregon
• 1998 Thurston High School, Springfield
• 2007 Springwater Trail High School, Gresham
• 2009 Portland
• 2012 Clackamas Town Center
• 2014 Reynolds High School, Troutdale
• 2015 Umpqua Community College
Susie Jones of Gresham
Retired teacher and former board member
Mt. Hood Community College, Multnomah Education Service District
Grateful for compassion
Thank you Pamplin Media Group for publishing Mike Smith's letter in the Sandy Post, Gresham Outlook and Estacada News this past week and acknowledging the homeless situation in Estacada, and the heartless manner in which some seem to deal with life's occurrences.
It's nice to see that there are still humans with a conscience who understand that there but for the grace of 'God' go you and I.
Melanie Farnsworth of Rhododendron
How many more children must die?
In the days after the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, I struggle to understand the importance of the right to own this one assault weapon, the AR-15, knowing it is the weapon of choice when carrying out a mass shooting.
If it cannot — or doesn't — make sense to be used for sport hunting and the only other legal use is for target shooting, surely there are other guns that can be used for target shooting. If this is your hobby, I understand hobbies. I am an amateur gardener. I grow lots of plants. If the government told me one of my plants was spreading and somehow killing people. I may say "I have the right to grow this plant and I am being safe." But there is no sure way I can prevent the birds and bees from spreading my poisonous plant and therefore killing innocent people. Why wouldn't I stop growing that one plant if I thought it could save lives? After all, I have all these other plants to grow. I can still enjoy my hobby.
Gun owners, please understand wanting to ban assault weapons is only trying to save lives, not take away all your other guns or deny you your hobby or your 2nd Amendment rights.
Yes, a deranged individual can still go into an elementary school and shoot innocent children with a hand gun, but he must be a good shot (as opposed to the AR-15), and must also take a moment to reload, hopefully allowing time for authorities to intervene.
Any life lost is never OK, but if we can do something to reduce the number, why wouldn't we? Isn't some lives saved better than no lives saved?
How many people have to die before we finally put the lives of our children before our right to own this one gun?
Donna Martinez of Sandy
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