By Faith News Note,
Three Oregon clergy members have started a petition to ban certain rifles and hope to gather 88,000 signatures by mid-summer to qualify for the 2018 November ballot. W. J. Mark Knutson, pastor of Portland’s Augustana Lutheran Church in Portland told the Portland Tribune, “Now is the time. We can’t wait any longer. Given the momentum and energy and the networks we have, both interfaith and secular, we are ready to roll. It will be a tight timeline, and there will be opposition, of course, but we are going to make an incredible effort.”
Knutson is one of the chief petitioners along with pastor emeritus of St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church Rev. Alcena boozer and a Rabbi from Congregation Beth Israel, Michael Cahana. Petitioners hope to capture the moment in light of the tragic school shootings in Parkland and others across the country. Below is a Portland KGW-TV news clip on the petition effort.
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