ASHLAND, Ore. — Signs supporting tighter gun control accompanied dozens of members of the One Million Moms for Gun Control Southern Oregon campaign in Ashland Saturday morning. The crowd gathered outside the Ashland Library and marched to Lithia Park to bring awareness to their goal of bringing what they say is sensible gun control to the United States.
“What we need to do now is encourage congress to take immediate action on to approve the ban on assault weapons which the president has proposed,” said march organizer Melissa Mitchell-Hooge.
At the same time in Medford, doors opened for a gun show ,the second in less than a month in the Rogue Valley.
Gun show officials say business has been booming for a few reasons, one being the variety of gun control protests and threat of increased limitations.
“The other thing is they’re afraid there’s a certain number of guns they will not be able to get in the near future. So they’re out scrounging those up as fast as they can before we get to a point where they can’t have them anymore,” said gun show promoter Wes Knodel.
Knodel said vendors have had trouble keeping guns and ammunition on the tables as customers stock up on supplies.
“Vendors have been telling me business is very brisk, that they’re running out of inventory, sales are higher than they’ve ever been before. We’re talking about double, triple and quadruple of normal business,” said Knodel.
Mitchell-Hooge said their goal isn’t to infringe on Americans’ rights, but instead to take steps to prevent future tragedies.
“I want to make it clear that as an organization, we support the second amendment and those right to bear arms. We just want people to be safe about it and we want reasonable gun control enacted immediately,” said Knodel.