Not a corner of the country is untouched by the massacre in Orlando. 

The mixture of rage and sadness and bewilderment at the killing of 50 people will be expressed in many ways.

Southern Oregon Pride (SOPride) joins forces with other groups in a vigil on the Ashland Plaza Monday evening at 6:30.  A second vigil is planned for "the bricks," the courtyard at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, at 8:30.

Basic Books

Guns have certainly been a part of American society since the very beginning; just the existence of the Second Amendment is proof of that. 

But there's a debate to be had about the relative importance of guns over the last two centuries. 

Historian Pamela Haag argues that guns became more important to people through effective marketing campaigns. 

She focuses on the Winchester Repeating Arms Company, maker of many famous guns, in her book The Gunning of America

A petition with tens of thousands of signatures seeks to have guns allowed into the Republican convention this summer.  How does that idea strike you?  It's one of our VENTSday topics. 

The other: the proposal in Congress to have county sheriffs responsible for law enforcement on federal lands, instead of federal agents. 

Your thoughts are front and center on VENTSday.  No expertise necessary; just opinions and the ability to express them in a radio-friendly way. 

We post our weekly survey on one or both of the topics in advance. 

Vision Quilt

A needle and thread might seem like a poor set of tools to bring to a gunfight.  But the point is NOT to get into a gunfight; rather to prevent such fights. 

The needle and thread are to make a quilt to publicize the effort the curtail gun violence in the country, just as quilts informed the public of the effort to stop the AIDS epidemic years ago. 

The anti-gun violence project is called Vision Quilt, the creation of retired Ashland teacher Cathy DeForest. 


California's governor just signed a bill banning concealed weapon permit holders from carrying their guns onto the grounds of any school or college. 

Under California's previous Gun-Free School Zone law, the concealed-carry people were exempted. 

The governor's signature came a week after the Umpqua Community College shooting in Oregon, but the bill passed before the event. 

The California College and University Police Chiefs Association lobbied for the change. 


Gunfire is now so common at educational institutions that we can't even call the Umpqua Community College shooting "the latest." 

Because incidents in other states, albeit with less loss of life, followed quickly on the heels of Roseburg. 

Which is exactly the situation Ceasefire Oregon and other groups want to change. 

Ashland Considers Gun Regulations

Jan 29, 2014
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Last year provided a good demonstration of what often happens to gun-control legislation in Congress. 

The aftermath of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut included an increase in public sentiment for some kinds of gun legislation, including universal background checks for gun sales.

We do not schedule guests for Wednesday at 8:30, because that's the time for VENTSday, your chance to vent (politely, please) on a pair of topics in the news. 

We bring the topics, you bring the opinions.

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Just about every school district in the country had a conversation about school safety after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut last winter. 

Many upgraded their security procedures. 

California Governor Signs Gun Control Laws

Oct 11, 2013
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California Governor Jerry Brown acted on a range of gun bills today (Friday).

He signed a bill to ban high capacity magazine conversion kits and vetoed another which would have given Oakland the right to enact gun regulations stricter than the state’s.