A small but committed group of Newport area folks braved the cold wind and occasional rain to show their sign, shine their candles and support each other in opposing gun violence in this country. It was part of a nationwide outpouring of resolve, through MoveOn.org, to once again call attention to what is termed America’s more than two century love affair with guns; especially recently with semi-automatic weapons which, at the hands of a deranged man this week in Connecticut, mowed down 20 children and six adults, including himself. Last week three people died in a similar incident at Clackamas Town Center. In both incidents after the gunmen stopped shooting, they shot themselves.
Meanwhile, Oregon state lawmakers are being asked to begin working toward a bill to outlaw semi-automatic weapons being sold in Oregon, weapons which are called very efficient at killing large numbers of people very quickly.