Rally held in Hillsboro calling for end to racist gun violence

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HILLSBORO, OR (KPTV) – Many Americans are still reeling over two mass shootings earlier this month.

They happened just hours apart, killing a combined 31 people. The first was in El Paso, Texas at a shopping center. The other was in an entertainment district in Dayton, Ohio.

In our area, Hillsboro community leaders joined together Monday night. Their goal was to show solidarity for those killed and their families.

Monday started with a press conference in the morning that featured community and faith leaders calling for an end to racist gun violence in America and concluded with a rally in the evening.

Community members gathered outside the Hillsboro Civic Center on Monday in a show of support for communities impacted by deadly gun violence in America.

“We can take action. There are things we can do to make this stop, so we will keep going,” said Hilary Uhlig, leader of the Oregon chapter of Moms Demand Action.

Speakers called for action.  

“The mass shootings are horrible, but it’s really something that we need to keep in mind is happening every single day…  disproportionately in communities of color,” said Uhlig.

As gun violence continues to take a toll on the hearts and minds of people near and far, comfort can be hard to find.

“Even when they’re not happening here in our own neighborhoods, they could happen here, and what are we doing? What are we doing to cultivate kindness?” said Glenn Montgomery, the executive director of Vision Action Network.

So the few dozen that came out Monday all sought the same thing: solidarity.

“This is my community. This is where I live, this is my community. This is what’s affecting my people,” said Clifford Jones, pastor at Sonrise Church.

“There’s also fear. To come to a space where there are multiple people sending this message, knowing that there are other people that are anti-community and that they might do something to hurt me or my son or the community, it’s a risk we take when we’re coming out but if we don’t speak up, like what’s going to change?” said Angela Vargas.

Those who were there Monday admit change won’t be immediate. That’s the last thing they expect.

“America has come through plenty… I’m going on 63 years old, I’ve seen plenty in this world,” Jones said.

Instead, they gathered to find strength in one another.

“I’ve got kids in high school and they’ve both been in lockdowns, and they’ve both texted me, ‘I love you mom’ just in case and that is heartbreaking, and I felt powerless and helpless,” said Uhlig.

Taking the time to simply show up, what they say is only a step in the long road ahead.

People ended the rally with a moment of silence to honor those killed in the Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas shootings, among them several members of local fire, EMS and law enforcement.

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(4) comments

retired40

Why are we now calling it racist gun violence? It is violence, people violence, not racist, not guns, but people. The leftist media, is the ones that are labeling, because it fits their agenda.


Dwinch

It's nice to rally together and take a stand and feel good but until you actually crack down on criminals instead of their tools, nothing will ever change. If gun control worked, Chicago would be one of the safest cities in the nation, instead of what it really is.


Lawlessness Brings Destruction

It's no wonder. This fear filled event was driven by the leftist and clueless Moms Demanding Action. It's also disappointing when the Ex-Prisoner Ministry pastor of the local multi-campus Sonrise mega church parrots the event's narrative that also reveals his lack of facts. This accelerates fear in the community. Given that he's black, I'm surprised he didn't plug Black Lives Matter. .Well, now it's time for some reality. Only 38 states provide LESS than 80% of the criminal convictions and adjudications to the NIC system.



Even the military drops the ball on this.



That's how the Sutherland Springs, TX. shooter was able to arm himself and mow down people in a church.



Sen. Diane Feinstein and her allies KNOW about all of this.



They could change it tomorrow.



Heck, they could change it TODAY, but they WON'T b/c they're exploiting tragedies for a "gun control" agenda. Ask leftist former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel how THAT worked out. During the first weekend of this month there were 11 dead, nearly 70 wounded in that weekend's shootings in Chicago



Therefore, the anti-gun left, NOT the 2A supporters, owns the overwhelming majority of these tragedies. The most common thread among them is they occur in "gun free zones" where a good guy with a gun could have stopped the shooter.



And one DID stop the Sutherland Springs shooter. Be sure to note that, Ex Prisoner Ministry Pastor Jones since your church doesn't allow armed law abiding CCL holders in Sonrise facilities. And that is a tragedy.


Lee Smith

I wonder if they are aware that your more likely to be killed by a shark than by an ArmorliteRifle-15. Second this is to the non-whites, your way more likely to be killed by a member of your race than by someone of another race. Third isn't it funny/odd that 90% if not more of all the mass-killings have happened in gun-free-zones. Fourth the number one cause of gun death is suicide, there was two police officers that took their own lives this past weekend in New York.


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