'We have a right and a responsibility to be angry about these deaths'

'We have a right and a responsibility to be angry about these deaths' »Play Video
A vigil was held at Portland City Hall on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 for victims of the Clackamas Town Center shooting here in Oregon and the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. KATU photo.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Folks gathered outside Portland City Hall on Friday to hold a vigil for victims of both the Clackamas Town Center shooting and the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

The vigil was part memorial, part political statement. The speakers made it very clear they want the two recent gun tragedies to be the force that changes America's gun laws.

"It seems like this darkness that has descended on our nation will never end," said Penny Okamoto, Executive Director of Ceasefire Oregon.

There were 20 pairs of shoes laid out on the steps of City Hall - one for each of the children in Connecticut who were killed last week.

Portland mayor-elect Charlie Hales and Oregon state Sen. Ginny Burdick, D-Portland, were in attendance.

"Look at those shoes down there," Burdick said. "We lose this many children to gun violence in America every two days."

"We have a right and a responsibility to be angry about these deaths," Hales said. "Not just mournful, not just prayerful, but angry."

"In the new year, come back to this building, come back to the state capitol, come back to the halls of Congress and rekindle that anger and put it to use," he added.