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Hales: ‘Portlanders put down the guns’

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In response to the violence in Dallas, Mayor Charlie Hales joined other leaders at City Hall Friday and spoke out about the need for gun control.

The mayor said he's "really tired" of seeing the American flag at half-staff as the country continues to be rocked by violence, adding that shootings like this "are madness" and "must stop."

Speaking at City Hall, Hales said citizens need to demand stricter regulations on guns in Portland, as well as across Oregon and the nation.

He mentioned not only the shooting in Dallas but also those in Saint Paul, Baton Rouge and Orlando, calling them "devastating tragedies" that spread fear and uncertainty.

Hales pledged to Portlanders that police in the city will continue to respond with as little force as possible.

He also spoke about violence in the city, mentioning a week in which there were five shootings.

"My urgent call to action for all of us as Portlanders is put down the guns, no matter who you are or why you own one, put down the guns,” Hales said. “Let's call on our legislature and our governor and our congressional delegation to take action on common-sense gun regulations for our community and let’s help change the culture of violence in our country. It's a matter of life and death."

President Obama has ordered the flags at all public and military institutions across the country to be lowered to half-staff until sunset on Tuesday as a mark of respect for the victims in Dallas.

Governor Kate Brown released a statement Friday morning on the shootings, saying “violence answers nothing, offers nothing, solves nothing.”

"I am horrified by the ugly and explosive violence of the past 72 hours in Louisiana, Minnesota, and now, Texas. Violence answers nothing, offers nothing, solves nothing. It robs us of our humanity, turning us against one another promising only more pain, more loss.”

“Instead of reaching for weapons, we must reach for answers. If we want to end violence, we must fight ignorance and desperation. We must instill hope and create opportunity. We must work for justice. We must work toward equality. It will be these tools, more powerful than any arsenal, that restore peace and civility in America."

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