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Josh Horwitz on the Clackamas Mall Shooting

Posted on the 13 December 2012 by Mikeb302000
It's happened again. Yesterday Jacob Tyler Roberts, 22, opened fire with an AR-15 assault rifle at the busy Clackamas Town Center mall in Portland, Oregon. According to witnesses, Roberts wore a hockey mask, camouflage and a bulletproof vest. Witnesses heard the gunman say "I am the shooter" before firing up to 60 shots, killing 2 people and seriously wounding a 15-year-old girl. Police arrived to a scene of pandemonium, with shoppers hiding in bathrooms and dressing rooms and locked down in stores. The gunman died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on the scene.
This has gone much too far, and none of us want to live in a country where people have to face random gunfire from assault weapons while doing their holiday shopping at the mall.
Our elected leaders need to hear from you RIGHT NOW that you've had enough of lax laws that enable daily gun violence tragedies. Please take action right away to create sustained pressure for sane gun laws: 


1) Call your U.S. Senators and Representative through the U.S. Capitol Hotline at (202) 224-3121 and tell them you want to see the "Fix Gun Checks Act" and a new Assault Weapons Ban enacted, immediately.
2) Call President Obama at (202) 456-1111
and tell him you want him to show leadership on this issue and speak out publicly and forcefully about the need for URGENT action to strengthen our gun laws.
Let's make it clear to our elected leaders that we are sick and tired of waiting for the next mass shooting to occur in our malls, movie theaters, or schools! Together we can send a strong message and build safer communities free from the scourge of gun violence.

Josh Horwitz
Executive Director

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