A RESOLUTION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF OREGON
WHEREAS, on November 19, 2022, at approximately 11:55 p.m., a gunman entered Club Q, an LGBTQ Bar in Colorado Springs, and unleashed a barrage of gunfire, killing five patrons and wounding and injuring 25 others; and
WHEREAS, victims of mass shootings, murders, and assaults, are often targeted because of who they are, what they look like, or who they love; and
WHEREAS, in an average year over 25,000 hate crimes in the U.S. involve a firearm; and
WHEREAS, biased rhetoric and violence against people based on their status in one or more protected classes has risen dramatically in the nation and in Oregon over the past several years:
NOW, THEREFORE, THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF OREGON RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. We as Democrats adopt this memorial resolution to serve as a reminder that every time a bullet sears through flesh, the victims of that single bullet are exponential.
Section 2. Unified in both sorrowful memory and commitment, we as Democrats will endeavor to honor gun violence victims, survivors and their families, not simply with “thoughts and prayers,” but by pushing our elected leaders to prioritize evidence-based , solution-oriented gun safety, civic safety and anti-bias legislation.
Section 3. We as Democrats make this proclamation on this sad anniversary to serve as a catalyst for our recommitment to allyship, inclusion and solidarity with all peoples, especially those who are increasingly marked for violence because of bias, discrimination and hate.
Resolution submitted by Karen Rippberger, Deschutes County, Chair of the Stonewall Caucus, Thomas Wrisley, Deschutes County, Rebecca Bradvica, Lane County, Bret Cecil, Curry County, Bill Herz, Deschutes County
Forwarded to the State Central Committee from the Platform and Resolutions Committee with a “DO PASS” Recommendation