PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Lawmakers from Oregon and Washington are reacting to the two mass shootings that left dozens dead and injured in Texas and Ohio.
The rise in violence across the United States has lawmakers calling for common-sense gun legislation.
Governor Kate Brown ordered flags to be flown at half-staff until sunset on Thursday, August 8, 2019, in honor of the victims.
“What happened this weekend in El Paso and Dayton is devastating, and Dan and I grieve with those who lost loved ones. Sadly, we’ve been here before. We must take a hard look at why hatred like this exists, and do all we can to make sure it has no place in our country,” said Governor Brown. “Many of us feel powerless today, but there is power in your voice, and power in your vote, and I encourage you to leverage that to take action,” she wrote in a press release.
Both Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley spoke out on Saturday after the first shooting in Texas.
Senator Wyden also spoke to KOIN 6 News after he spoke about the issues at a town hall meeting in Beaverton Sunday afternoon.
“There’s been a lot of talk and folks asked me at the town meeting about Mitch McConnell scheduling a special session to deal with the gun violence legislation,” Wyden said. “And I announced to folks today at the town meeting in Beaverton, number 1, I hope he’ll do it and number 2 if he does, I will be on the first plane to Washington DC.”
Rep. Greg Walden, a Republican, also spoke out after the shooting in Ohio.
A man killed nine people and injured dozens when he opened fire early Sunday in a popular nightlife area of Dayton, Ohio. The Ohio shooting came hours after a young man opened fire in a crowded El Paso, Texas, shopping area, leaving 20 dead and more than two dozen injured.
These shootings come at a time when Portland is having its own wave of violence. A shooting in Northeast Portland Saturday marked 9 shootings in 9 days, with many questions still; surrounding a fatal shooting Friday.