Several news items of interest: Newtown Families' Lawsuit; Corvallis postpones action on "open carry"; New US Surgeon General confirmed by Senate
Newtown families have filed a lawsuit against Bushmaster Firearms who makes the AR-15 style rifle used in the Sandy Hook School murders
Corvallis City Council postpones ordinance on "open carry"
The US Senate voted to confirm President Obama's nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy who was opposed by the NRA
Kind words and thoughts from our friends at Ceasefire Oregon:
Two years ago today, Cindy Yuille and Steve Forsyth were shot and killed by a gunman who stole an unsecured AR 15 from an irresponsible gun owner. In addition to killing Cindy and Steve, the gunman also shot a young woman who fortunately survived her injuries.
Friday night, we will remember and honor the Yuille and Forsyth families as well as all those who were at Clackamas Town Center on that terrifying day two years ago. We will also remember those lost at Reynolds High School, Sandy Hook, VA Tech, and those lost to domestic violence, gang violence and to suicide.
In the two years since this horrific shooting, I have had the honor to become friends with Cindy Yuille's daughter, Jenna, and Cindy's husband, Robert, as well as Steve's brother-in-law, Paul.
In the weeks following the shooting, I wish you could have seen the courage of Jenna Yuille, who is so young and the strength of Robert Yuille. Paul Kemp, Steve's brother-in-law, has been a true rock for his sister and her family.
In the midst of their grief, within weeks of the shooting, Robert, Paul and Jenna were talking to legislators and activists, working on a way to stop this madness of gun violence that has gripped our communities and our nation. Together, Jenna, Robert, Paul and others formed Gun Owners for Responsible Ownership.
Steve Forsyth and Cindy Yuille will be honored and remembered Friday night by their community but they are cherished and honored every day by the wonderful people they had in their lives.
To Jenna, Robert and Paul: Cindy and Steve would be so proud of you. We all are. You embody courage, strength and dignity.
Our thoughts are with all of you tonight.
Penny, Joanne, Julie, Michael, and everyone at Ceasefire Oregon and the Ceasefire Oregon Education Foundation.
Crime Prevention and Domestic Violence in Oregon: Keeping firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers is an important part of prevention
State Leaders urge more action to safeguard women from domestic violence in Oregon.
Remington Arms has issued a product safety warning and recall notice for certain of its popular Model 700 and Model Seven rifles.
Oregon mom's urge Fred Meyer to prohibit customers from openly carrying firearms in their stores. See this recent Oregonian article: http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2014/12/oregon_moms_deliver_groceriesn.html#comments
More from the Oregonian on enforcement of judicial orders to remove firearms in domestic violence situations -
This recent article in the Oregonian describes the difficulties faced by law enforcement when dealing with the threat of gun violence in domestic abuse cases.
Commentary from Timothy Egan on the success of the Washington State voter initiative to require universal background checks on all firearms purchases:
Here is a thoughtful article about Guns and Public Health from Joe Nocera of the NY Times: