Salem, OR: Hundreds of Oregonians gathered today at the Capitol in Salem, Oregon despite the still winter-like weather and the fact that today was a work day for many. Cold hands were wrapped around coffee served by Coffee In Motion, making the damp, chilly temperatures tolerable as we listened to speakers share their thoughts on gun control, unalienable rights and freedom.
I took a vacation day from work so that I could attend and as I strolled through the assembled crowd I was struck again by the dishonest and scandalous way we are portrayed in the media. Too often it is as snaggle-toothed mouth breathers, barely able to put two words together, or as wild-eyed extremists on the par with the worst villains in history. What I saw today were families, couples, young men and women, bikers, and a father with his small son who was thrilled to have just been given a badge sticker by a law enforcement officer. I also met two gentlemen who graciously gave me money to purchase more reference cards to hand out when the “free” ones I had requested from Capitol staff ran out. To these men I say thank you, thank you for trusting me to do what I said I would do. I was able to hand out an additional 280 reference cards thanks to their generosity!
These people are among the best of our community – law abiding citizens who are fed up with government infringement on our rights and the intrusion into their lives.
My hope is that some elected officials took a moment out of their day to cross the street and chat with their constituents, spend a moment or two engaging in conversation about how their decisions effect the people who elected them to serve. Unfortunately, most of these legislators were not actually on the premises today so, they missed a golden opportunity to take the pulse of the people, to see and to hear what matters to Oregonians.