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Clackamas Town Center victim's father weighs in on gun debate

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WEST LINN, OR (KPTV) -

It was Steve Forsyth's second day of business running a kiosk at Clackamas Town Center. He was on the phone with his dad, walking through the food court when a masked gunman opened fire.

On the other end of the phone line, Ron Forsyth remembers the exact time, 3:26, when the phone cut off.

"His voice went away mid-sentence and that's why I'm thinking he did not see the shooter," Ron Forsyth said.

That was six weeks ago and now Ron Forsyth says he can finally talk about the day his son was murdered.

"I have not seen the phone," Ron Forsyth said. "It's still being held by the police department but I bet when I see it, it will have a bullet hole in it."

At the time, Ron Forsyth didn't know what had happened. It wasn't until Steve Forsyth's brother called him later that night he learned his son was dead.

"No parent should have to bury their child," Ron Forsyth said.

Ron Forsyth believes the gunman is the only person to blame in Steve Forsyth's death – that no law could have kept him safe.

"I believe all the rhetoric in Washington is just that, rhetoric," he said. "You can't really enforce legislation on rate of fire or size of clips or kind of ammunition because if you do, then the good guys won't be able to get it and the bad guys will have it."

He believes his son's legacy isn't about guns, but about all the people one man can touch during his lifetime.

"His celebration of life drew 2,500 people and they were all there for him," Ron Forsyth said.

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