This OTYCD post originally went live in February 2018.
Learn about Gun Owners for Responsible Ownership (GOFRO), an Oregon-based gun safety group.
Paul Kemp, a gun owner who grew up with guns, launched the group after losing a brother-in-law in a December 2012 attack on a Portland, Oregon mall. The 22-year-old shooter used a semi-automatic rifle to kill two people and injure a third.
GOFRO supports common-sense gun laws. It asks its members to take the following pledge:
“I will practice safe storage. I will keep my firearms and ammunition locked and separate.
I will support universal background check requirements. I will not sell or buy a firearm without a background check.
I will support the rights of my fellow citizens to be free from intimidation by the open display of firearms in public. I will avoid the unnecessary carrying of firearms in public, particularly in places where children are present.
I will always make gun safety a priority in my home, in the field or on the range.”
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Read a transcript of a January 2018 PBS Newshour interview with the founder of GOFRO (you can also watch the video, which is above the transcript):
A Note: OTYCD has devoted several posts to common-sense gun laws and gun safety, and will continue to do so.
That does not mean, however, that we want to ban all guns. We don’t, and we never have. We are pro-responsible gun ownership. We support people who fully understand the responsibilities of gun ownership, and who show a healthy respect for guns, and whose actions consistently show that understanding and respect.
As of February 2018, it’s obvious to most Americans that its gun culture is horrifically, grievously, and unconscionably borked, and its gun laws need to improve ASAP. Here’s hoping the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas provide the push we need to truly fix things at last.