President Trump supporters to hold rally in Eugene

The "God, Guns, and Trump Rally Eugene" will be held Saturday in front of the Lane County Courthouse.

Posted: Aug 5, 2019 2:03 PM
Updated: Aug 5, 2019 6:55 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- More than 40 people plan to hold a rally at the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza on Saturday to show their support for President Donald Trump, guns, and God.

The "God, Guns, and Trump Rally Eugene" is set to be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in front of the Lane County Courthouse. The rally is being organized by the group Oregon 3%.

Organizer Jamie Burnett said they are standing up for their Second Amendment rights and are asking attendees to bring their guns. He said they have held rallies there before.

"We don't support any white nationalist groups or neo-nazis anything like that," Burnett said. "Just to exercise your rights, if you don't exercise your rights you're going to lose them."

Chris Wig, the chair of the Democratic Party of Lane County, said the rally is happening at the wrong time. The event falls on the same day as the Eugene Springfield PRIDE in the Park festival and follows recent deadly mass shootings.

"I think it's hurtful to members of historically marginalized communities who were especially targeted in the El Paso attack and have been affected in other mass gun violence tragedies like the Pulse Nightclub," Wig said.

Burnett said they have been planning the rally for months, and it is not in response to mass shootings or the PRIDE festival. He said Oregon 3% supports the LGBTQ community. 

He said they plan to be peaceful during the rally, but they have already received threats of violence on social media.

Wig is urging the public not to cause or threaten violence.

A spokeswoman for the Eugene Police Department told KEZI 9 News they are aware of the rally and will be allocating resources to it to ensure a peaceful outcome.

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