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Stand Against Violence on Public Lands

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On April 5, 2009, Mr. Gregory Graybill was shot while recreationally driving on a Forest Service road on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest by miner Eugene Spears who objected to use of the public road near his federal mining claim. According to witnesses, the miner placed a 12-gauge shotgun against Mr. Grabill's chest, told him he would shoot, and pulled the trigger. The victim turned the gun aside as it discharged such that he was shot in the arm and shoulder. After several surgeries, Mr. Graybill lost his arm.

Unfortunately, the Southwest Oregon Mining Association is using the shooting to organize miners in support of Mr. Spears and his violent actions. The Mining Association's web page calls on miners to attend Mr. Spears trial on February 8th, 2011 in Grants Pass and "wear your Mineral Estate Grantee shirts" in support of the shooter.

Please take this opportunity to click here and stand against violence on public lands by sending a e-letter to our congressional delegation.