The college Republicans at Oregon State University love their firearms…or maybe they just needed the money. They concluded their second amendment week with their annual drawing for a rifle and other firearm paraphernalia.
The Corvallis community was not happy. Many were upset that the college group would continue this well-worn tradition despite recent school and other mass shootings. It appeared especially insensitive to hold the drawing on the anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre and on the same day high school students across the nation were holding walkouts to protest the virtually unrestricted proliferation of weaponry.
A dozen or so Corvallis community members and high school students arrived at the OSU campus at the time the drawing was expected to occur, based on prior years. VFP, Moms Demand Action, Re-Sisters, and the Crescent Valley High School Political Activism Committee were represented.
But the young Republicans didn’t show.
This used to be a big event, complete with a right-wing radio host to MC the drawing. Lots of hoopla.
Here’s an excellent photo essay from Ricardo Small, who was on hand to document the gathering.
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