Far-right groups rally in Salem in support of 2nd Amendment, against pandemic restrictions

Far-right groups rally in Salem in support of 2nd Amendment, against pandemic restrictions

A couple of hundred people attended a far-right Second Amendment rally at Riverfront Park on Saturday where speakers called on them to join together against cancel culture, Oregon Democrats, the coronavirus vaccine, gun control and pandemic-related lockdowns. They also warned of a coming civil war, endorsed 2020 election conspiracy theories and encouraged attendees to run for local elected office, especially school boards. Jo Rae Perkins, a frequent Republican candidate for elected office in Oregon, called the coronavirus vaccines a "bioweapon" and said the state is "going after your children." "Let’s take back Oregon, let’s take back this country," she said. Other speakers included Proud Boys member Daniel Tooze, conservative radio host Rob Taylor, 2022 Republican candidate for governor Paul Romero and pastor Lew Wootan of The River Church in Salem. The Proud Boys, Tick Licker Firearms, Fifty1Fifty Tactical and the Stolen Voices Foundation were among the event’s sponsors, with Proud Boys members also providing "security." The rally was supposed to be headlined by Republican Rep. Mike Nearman, but he did not speak. Nearman was charged Friday with official misconduct in the first degree and criminal trespass in the second degree stemming from a riot at the Oregon Capitol building on Dec. 21. The riot began after Nearman exited a side door of the Capitol — which was closed due to the pandemic — allowing people to charge inside. There is one major gun bill under consideration at the Oregon Legislature this session. That bill, Senate Bill 554 , would […]

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