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In 2019 there have been more mass shootings then there have been days in the year. This shedding of innocent blood is a cancer and like all disease, it will grow and kill when it goes untreated. How many people have to die before we do what we know works? Holding onto the Second Amendment as a reason not to act makes no sense and was never intended for every household to won a machine gun or other rapid-fire weapons. Where do we stop; when everyone owns a nuclear weapon? Their is blood on the hands of those senators and representatives who have not acted on this issue. How can you live with the knowledge that your lack of courage has cost so many innocent lives?

The blood is on the hands of those in power that use their position to verbally promote racism, hatred, and division. Blood is on the hands of a political system that does not fund mental health care at a level at which it has a chance to help those suffering from mental illness. Blood is on the hands on all of us who have not spoken up to say enough is enough.

Please let us join together to develop a comprehensive solution and to rid our communities of white supremacy, racism, and unbridled hatred. Call it out when you hear, see it, or know someone who is a victim of it. It is time for people who identify as Caucasian to finally step up.

Jim Gouveia

Corvallis (Aug. 5)

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