Eileen Brennan, Tony Sleva, Eileen Sleva and John Brennan take part in a protest Aug. 7 in Beaverton to seek federal legislative action on gun control. (Courtesy Lisa Stiller)
Eileen Brennan, Tony Sleva, Eileen Sleva and John Brennan take part in a protest Aug. 7 in Beaverton to seek federal legislative action on gun control. (Courtesy Lisa Stiller)
BEAVERTON — About 20 people gathered at Beaverton City Park Aug. 7 to call for fast action on gun safety legislation in light of recent mass shootings. Members of Holy Trinity Parish's Social Justice Committee came to show their support.

Among them was Eileen Brennan. “Catholic social teaching is clear about the importance of human life and of settling conflicts peacefully,” Brennan said. “Improved gun control is a clear path to reduction of death by gun violence in the U.S.”

Attendees voiced support for a ban on assault weapons, stricter universal background checks, red flag laws, and federal funding for research on gun violence.

“When are our lawmakers going to finally break down and say enough is enough?” asked Lisa Stiller, another Holy Trinity parishioner and organizer of the event. “This is not a partisan issue. Every one of our elected leaders should be out there supporting legislation that will stop the bloodshed.”

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici's office sent a statement that included support for gun safety legislation including House Resolution 8, which requires a background check for every firearm sale. “Americans need more than thoughts and prayers and moments of silence,” Bonamici said in a statement. “Enough is enough.”