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Preventing gun violence won’t happen without some critical changes

by Jessica Vega Pederson

Mass shootings are far too common in our country – more than one every single day. It’s deplorable and we’ve got to do something.

Unfortunately, after these tragedies, some folks only talk about providing mental health services, and they choose to completely deny we need to make critical changes in our gun laws.

To start to prevent mass shootings, we need to tackle this issue from all sides.

As County Commissioner, I plan to take every possible step to provide quality, affordable mental health services. Mental health services have lasting benefits for individuals, and our entire county.

At the same time, I plan to continue to advocate in the state legislature for commonsense gun laws. Last legislative session, I helped to pass universal background checks in the state of Oregon. There are still too many loopholes that allow folks with violent histories to own guns, and there is not enough protection for our children through responsible gun storage.

The County, more so than any other level of government, is responsible for the health of residents. That means providing the services to care for residents – and it means protecting our community from threats. As County Commissioner, mental health services and preventing gun violence will be a top priority.

Join me on Facebook and let’s talk about how we can make our community safer.

Posted on December 4, 2015.

Meet Jessica

I am a mother, a business professional, a progressive Democrat, a proud resident of East Portland, and the first Latina elected to the Oregon House of Representatives.

As Multnomah County Commissioner I’ve fought to make sure every member of our community has what they need to succeed. I want to make Multnomah County an even better place to live, work, and raise a family. I'm ready to get to work and I hope you'll join us!

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