Basic Rights Oregon calls out Dennis Richardson

Basic Rights Oregon has condemned the remarks by Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point) in which he compared the passage of equal rights legislation in Oregon to the mass murder at Virginia Tech.

In the statement, interim director Aisling Coughlan said:

"While our nation mourns the unprecedented loss of life at Virginia Tech, and tries to recover from the enormity of this loss, Rep. Richardson makes a vulgar comparison insulting to not only Oregonians, but to those most deeply impacted by the massacre. For Richardson to say that protecting Oregon families in times of crisis is equivalent to the mass murder of some of the best and brightest America has to offer is beyond extremely distasteful--it is outright abhorrent."

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