Letter to the Editor: Medford Mail Tribune

Express Your Support for SB 941

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Use your own words, in 150 words or less, following this general structure:

1. Start with your values and your personal story.

Why does this matter to you? Have you been touched by gun violence in some way, or do you have experience helping people cope with gun violence? Does it matter to you as a parent, citizen, member of a faith community, teacher, healthcare provider, veteran, gun owner, or community advocate advocate?

2. Share one or two compelling facts:

  • Americans are 20 times more likely to be murdered with a gun than people in other developed countries.

  • Oregon is one of 14 states where firearms deaths outnumber car fatalities.

  • In states that require comprehensive background checks:

    • 48 percent fewer on-duty police officers are shot and killed,

    • 46 percent fewer women are shot and killed by their intimate partners, and

    • 48 percent fewer people commit suicide with guns.

  • Surveys show the vast majority of Oregon voters support background checks (87 percent), including those who own guns (83 percent).

  • California and Washington both require background checks for private sales. Washington voters passed comprehensive background checks with Initiative 594.

  • In Oregon, background checks cost only $10 and are usually completed in less than five minutes over the phone by the Oregon State Police.

  • The federal Brady Law, passed in 1994, requires background checks for gun sales at federally licensed dealer.

  • In 2000, Oregon voters closed the “gunshow loophole” by requiring background checks for sales at gun shows—sales of more than 25 guns at a time—with Measure 5.

  • An estimated 40,000 to 75,000 guns are sold annually in Oregon without a background check.

  • The internet has made arranging private sales easier. Research shows at least 1 in 30 “want to buy” ads are from a prohibited purchaser (felon, domestic abuser, adjudicated mentally ill).

3. Close with a call to action.

Ask legislators to vote yes to close the private gun sales loophole/ to require background checks for all gun sales.

4. Sign your letter.

Include your name, address, and phone number for verification.

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