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On National Gun Violence Awareness Day, DPO reminds voters of Buehler’s record against commonsense solutions

Jun 01, 2018

For Immediate Release
Contact: Molly Woon
press [at] dpo [dot] org 
June 1, 2018


On National Gun Violence Awareness Day, DPO reminds voters of Buehler’s record against commonsense solutions   
PORTLAND — While millions of Americans take action today to raise awareness about our nation’s epidemic of gun violence, the Democratic Party of Oregon is reminding voters of Republican gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler’s dismal record on preventing gun violence. In October 2017, following the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history in Las Vegas, Nevada, Buehler told the Bend Bulletin:
“[Buehler] believed mass murder would continue with or without new legislation. ‘Unfortunately, evil exists in our world and deranged madmen won’t be deterred by another new law no matter how well-intended,’ Buehler said.”
These comments, taken together with a legislative record of voting against commonsense gun safety laws, raise serious concerns about Buehler’s vision for the safety of Oregonians. 
“Knute Buehler’s suggestion that nothing can be done to prevent gun violence offers a very dark vision for our future,” said Jeanne Atkins, Chair of the Democratic Party of Oregon. “Oregonians should be deeply concerned that a candidate for governor of our state thinks that we should just throw up our hands and accept that massacres in our schools, movie theaters, and places of worship are the new normal.”

As a member of the Oregon House of Representatives, Buehler had several opportunities to vote on commonsense policies to expand background checks. It has been widely reported that 90 percent of Americans support these types of policies. 
Buehler’s no votes include:
2017: Extreme risk protection order (SB 719): NO 
2016: Background checks delays, also known as the “Charleston Loophole”  (HB 4147): NO
2015: Background checks on private sales (SB 941) : NO
“Buehler made his positions clear on the campaign trail for the Republican nomination when he boasted about his “A” ratings from the NRA,” said Atkins. “Contrast this with Governor Brown, who led the way to passing the first gun control measure in the country following the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Since then, there have been more than 70 mass shootings, including 11 at schools. We need a governor who will take decisive, swift action.”