Gun control advocates push to get initiatives on November 2022 ballot

Gun control advocates push to get initiatives on November 2022 ballot

Gun control advocates push to get initiatives on November 2022 ballot (KATU) PORTLAND, Ore. — A local grassroots group aiming to reduce gun violence is looking ahead to the 2022 November election. They are trying to get two measures on the ballot. Lift Every Voice Oregon (LEVO) calls IP 17 and 18 “common sense petitions.” It’s an effort three years in the making, and the final step to getting a spot on the ballot is signatures. “Enough is enough, we have to take action,” said Rev. Dr. W. J. Mark Knutson, who serves as Chair of LEVO and is also a pastor at Augustana Lutheran Church. “We no longer have to say there’s nothing we can do — these are concrete things that you can do,” said Joe Paterno, who is on LEVO’s steering committee. Lift Every Voice Oregon, a diverse grassroots organization led in part by a group of faith leaders, says this is an effort to make Oregon safer. Thursday marked day one of their signature-gathering efforts. “The reality is, too many people want to try to say that we are against the Second Amendment. That is not what this is about,” said Rev. Dr. J. W. Matt Hennessee. He is a pastor at Vancouver Avenue Baptist Church and serves as Chair for the Inter-Faith Peace & Action Collaborative (IPAC). “We want to increase responsible ownership and we also want to reduce the deaths and injuries and shooting incidents in Oregon,” said Liz McKanna, who is LEVO’s […]

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