Reynolds HS shooting prompts new call for Oregon gun law
TROUTDALE, Ore. - The AR-15 style rifle, handgun and ammunition used in Tuesday's shooting at Reynolds High School came from the Gresham home of the shooter's father, police said.
"The weapons had been secured, but he defeated the security measures," Troutdale police Chief Scott Anderson said Wednesday.
There's a bottom line in this case for Oregon lawmaker Ginny Burdick.
"The gun owner failed to secure their guns properly," Burdick said.
Police say 15-year-old Jared Padgett was armed with his father's weapons when he murdered fellow Reynolds High School freshman Emilio Hoffman and shot and injured P.E. teacher Todd Rispler.
Burdick believes Jared's father, Mike Padgett, should face criminal charges for not making sure his teenage son couldn't get to those weapons and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
"To have those in your house," says Burdick, "entails a lot of responsibility for keeping them from falling into the wrong hands. And in that case, the guns ended up at school. And the gun owner, in my view, is ultimately accountable."
Burdick has repeatedly introduced gun control bills in Oregon legislature, including laws that would make gun owners criminally responsible if a minor gets access to a weapon.
Each of those efforts has failed, but that's not the case nationwide.
Twenty-eight states now have what are called child firearm access prevention laws.
Oregon and Washington aren't among them.
"Enough is enough," Burdick said. "We have to do something. We can no longer say that gun violence has nothing to do with guns."