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Oregon Democratic nominee for governor Tina Kotek spoke on 'common-sense' gun violence prevention Friday, June 10.

PMG PHOTO: MARK MILLER - Oregon's Democratic nominee for governor, Tina Kotek, speaks at a press conference Friday, June 10, outside Beaverton City Hall addressing gun violence prevention. Beaverton Mayor Lacey Beaty, right, also spoke at the event.Oregon Democratic nominee for governor Tina Kotek spoke Friday, June 10, in Beaverton calling for more "common-sense gun violence prevention" in the state.

Kotek joined advocates, including Beaverton Mayor Lacey Beaty, Rep. Lisa Reynolds, Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action at the Friday afternoon event outside Beaverton City Hall.

"Our students, our teachers, families who have been impacted by gun violence are saying, 'Enough. It's enough,'" Kotek said Friday. "We have to do what we can to enforce the laws that we have and do more." As examples, Kotek called for regulating ghost guns — unregulated guns people can buy and build — restricting access to assault weapons until age 21 and making it harder for people convicted of hate crimes to access guns.PMG PHOTO: MARK MILLER - Beaverton Mayor Lacey Beaty speaks on 'common-sense' gun violence prevention on Friday, June 10, outside City Hall.

Beaty also spoke at the event, calling for gun violence prevention alongside Kotek and the others.

"As a mom, as a veteran and as a gun owner, we have to do better for this county," Beaty said. "As a mayor, I bring all three of those identities into my role. And my number one job is community safety."

"We have an opportunity to be a national leader and to protect the young people of Oregon," Beaty tweeted after the event.

Beaty said Oregon can lead the country by requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and requiring safe storage for all guns.

Julia Barto, a teacher in the Beaverton School District, spoke at the Friday event about how gun violence has affected her role as an educator.PMG PHOTO: MARK MILLER - Beaverton School District teacher Julia Barto spoke Friday, June 10, at an event at Beaverton City Hall calling for gun violence prevention in Oregon.

"My first active shooter drill was right after Sandy Hook — my third year teaching. And in the nine years since, they have become a dreaded staple of the school year. 'Someone is going to come and bang on our door and twist the knob, you must not scream. It's only a drill, don't cry. You'll be safe, I'll protect you. Be brave,' I whispered to a class of scared 5-year-olds. … No educator wants to do this," Barto said.

"We entered the profession because we have hope and faith in the potential of our students, and yet now part of that work is trying to ensure their potential is not stolen due to senseless and preventable gun violence in the very place — in the very rooms — where we are supposed to protect their future."

At the Friday event, Kotek said she would be at the March for Our Lives event in Beaverton the following day "to march for safer communities." The march met Saturday, June 11, at City Hall.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include quotes from Kotek, Beaty and Barto from the event Friday.PMG PHOTO: MARK MILLER - Gun control advocates gathered at Beaverton City Hall on Friday, June 11, calling for stricter protections in Oregon. Beaverton Mayor Lacey Beaty (right) spoke at the event, along with Beaverton School District teacher Julia Barto (second from right) and Amie Wexler (third from right), leader of the state's chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.


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