Oregon mothers send kids’ shoes to lawmakers, asking for gun reform

Oregon mothers send kids’ shoes to lawmakers, asking for gun reform

by Frances Lin

Several mothers in Washington County said they can’t just stand by after the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

“And now that we are in our late 30’s and sending our kids to school, and these things are still happening. It’s just unbelievable,” said Jocelyn Pascall, a mother.

The group is trying to catch lawmakers’ attention by sending them child shoes in the mail, along with notes encouraging them to enact gun reform.

“A representation of the actual kids that died, that they’re not just faces on a screen or names on a piece of paper,” said Pascall.

On one side of the tag is a message. The other side has the name of a child shot and killed at school. Many of those names are of children killed in the Uvalde shooting.

The mothers said hearing about the Uvalde shooting where 19 kids were killed triggered every parent’s worst nightmare.

“Every day I hug my son and … hope that he comes back. It sounds dramatic, but really these are the thoughts that we have as parents,” said Pascall.

They said change needs to happen. They want the legal age to buy guns to be raised from 18 to 21.

“We would love loopholes closed in background checks, we would love AR-15s getting banned. We don’t really know why people need those guns,” Pascall said.

“I think we need to put pressure on them to make those compromises happen, and to make some kind of change because we need some kind of change happening here,” said Pemberton. “It cannot continue the way it is, our children need to be safe.”

This isn’t the first time shoes have been used to send a message about violence.

“When I was fifteen, I went to the Holocaust memorial museum in Washington D.C. and that whole museum’s incredible. But there was one room in particular where you walk in and there’s just piles of shoes from people who died in the Holocaust and I remember as a teenager being really affected by that, it was the one room in that museum that got me and I just broke down in tears,” said Pascall.


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