EUGENE, Ore. (KMTR) - Ralliers protest against idea of guns in schools in Eugene on Saturday to petition for stronger gun laws.
Ceasefire Oregon and Million Mom March among other groups came together to take a stand against gun violence. Today their message was to keep guns out of schools.
The theme of the rally was to promote education among citizens. Advocates, such as Bobbie Cirel of Eugene, said that it is important for everyone to educate themselves about current legislation.
Ceasefire Oregon has a petition to keep guns out of schools. Attendees of the rally had the opportunity to sign the petition. The group is also promoting Oregon voters to contact legislators, especially about House Bill 3200, which would ban assault weapons in Oregon if passed.
Attendees included Eugene mayor Kitty Piercy and other supporters of tighter background checks for gun purchases. Eugene resident Bobbie Cirel says that she supports the second amendment, but she believes there should be more thorough background checks.
"I'm not anti-gun. I'm a proponent of the second amendment. I don't see any reason why law-abiding citizens ought not to have a gun if they choose to have one. But I want to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and out of the hands of folks who are mentally ill," Cirel said.
Other people who do not believe there should be tighter gun control also attended the rally.
"The bad guys are going to get guns whether there's a background check or not, right?" said Doug Sigmann, also a Eugene resident.
Sigmann also said that everyone should be allowed to carry a gun for self-defense purposes.
Advocates of Ceasefire Oregon encourage the community to speak up and to contact representatives in Congress with their opinions.
You can find a list of your legislators at the following website: http://www.leg.state.or.us/findlegsltr/