It didn't have to be this way.
The epidemic of gun violence continues to escalate throughout Oregon and especially in Portland.
As of May 25, 2022, eighty-nine people in Oregon have been fatally shot in 2022 alone. In the same time period in 2021, sixty-seven Oregonians were fatally shot; forty-one people were fatally shot in that time period in 2020. (Data: Gun Violence Archive)