PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Hundreds of Portlanders dressed in orange gathered in Peninsula Park on Sunday afternoon for a march to end gun violence.
“We need your support, we need your help,” Governor Kate Brown said at the anti-gun violence rally.
The event took place on the 3-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre that left 26 school children and educators dead. Recently, 14 people were killed during a holiday party in San Bernardino, California.
In October, a shooting at Umpqua Community College killed 9 people and wounded dozens of others.
“These incidents have changed our lives forever,” Governor Brown said. “I look forward to working with legislators… to move Oregon forward on more common sense gun legislation to prevent these tragedies.”
Mayor Charlie Hales and numerous others spoke at the event, including the parents of Alison Parker, the reporter killed live on television earlier this year.
Kimberly Dixon with Portland’s Enough is Enough challenged the audience to view the issue of gun violence as something personal.
“If you think it won’t happen to you, can’t happen to you, I’m sorry Portland, it is here at our doorstep,” Dixon said. “We can no longer be silent and consider this somebody else’s problem.”
Sunday’s rally in Portland was one of several dozen that took place across the country.