Hundreds of Oregonians made the trek to Salem to talk to legislators about preventing gun violence as part of the 2015 Interfaith Advocacy Day on Wednesday, February 11.
With the theme, “Raising Diverse Voices of Faith to Strengthen Oregon Communities,” the Advocacy Day brought together people of many religious traditions from throughout Oregon for a day of prayer, dialogue and advocacy with state legislators.
The Oregon Alliance for Gun Safety joined with the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon to train individuals from churches, mosques, and synagogues to ask their legislators to support bills requiring a background check every time a gun is sold and that adults safely store firearms if children are present in the home.
Other states have shown these policies reduce gun violence and they are overwhelming supported by the public – including the vast majority of gun owners.
Members of many faiths signed on to our petition asking legislators to pass common sense gun safety laws, and then marched to the Capitol building to speak with legislators.
It was inspiring to see so many people of faith turn out to speak up for those who have borne the burden of gun violence in our communities.
We will continue to work with our partners in faith-based communities, public health, health care, and social justice throughout the legislative session to ask our legislators to pass common sense gun safety laws.