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Mothers (and Others) Demand Gun-Related Change 

A localized vigil, part of a nationwide day of remembrance, urges a reevaluation of gun sense and safety on a national level

December 14th will mark the 7-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy. The mass shooting took place in Newton, CT in 2012, and resulted in 28 fatalities and two injuries. Since Sandy Hook, there have been a total of 2,314 mass shootings in the US, resulting in 2,615 fatalities and 9,640 injuries. 

Over 700,000 Americans have been killed or injured as a result of gun violence since 2012. 

In remembrance, a nationwide vigil will be held on Dec. 15 - and community members will gather at The Environmental Center to honor those who lost their lives to gun violence. The local vigil was organized by members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Sarah Douglass, the Events Lead for the Central Oregon Chapter, weighs in on the upcoming vigil and what gun safety means to her. 
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  • Moms Demand Action
Q: Tell me more about Moms Demand Action. What are your main goals?

A: We are a nationwide, non-partisan, grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety. We support the Second Amendment and work to pass common sense gun measures such as background checks and closing dangerous loopholes. We encourage a culture of responsible gun ownership. The organization was founded by Shannon Watts, a mother of five, the day after the Sandy Hook tragedy. 

Q: Do you have personal experience with gun violence?