It didn't have to be this way.
The epidemic of gun violence continues to escalate throughout Oregon.
As of July 31, 2022 alone, 121 people in Oregon have been fatally shot in 2022. In the same time period in 2021, ninety-nine Oregonians were fatally shot; seventy-one people were fatally shot in that time period in 2020. (Data: Gun Violence Archive) Oregon has experience a 70% increase in gun deaths statewide from 2020.