Coverage from the Oregonian on Portland’s Art=Ammo Flash Mob for Gun Safety
Kylie Menagh-Johnson, MPH, Principal, HealthScaping NorthWest, serves as Spokesperson for the Oregon Alliance to Prevent Gun Violence
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Downtown Portland flash mob takes aim at gun violence awareness
May 23, 2013, Written by Everton Bailey, Video by Motoya Nakamura
A crowd of about 30 people staged a flash mob in downtown Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square to bring attention to the effects of gun violence Thursday.
The event, called Art=Ammo, began about noon and saw some participants raise their hands, then fall to the ground to simulate being wounded, said Kylie Menagh-Johnson, a spokeswoman for Oregon Alliance to Prevent Gun Violence.
Other demonstrators then drew chalk outlines around those on the ground and wrote statistics on gun violence in near the drawings.
Similar demonstrations are planned for New Haven, Conn., San Francisco, Westchester, N.Y. and Minneapolis, according to Art=Ammo’s website.
“We want Oregonians to know that we have the opportunity to demand stronger gun safety legislation,” Menagh-Johnson said. “Universal background checks for example are a great way to keep guns away from people who should not have them.”
She added that the group hopes to urge state legislators to reform gun control laws including required background checks on private and online gun sales allowing school districts to decide whether to arm teachers and other staff.