As I read once again, another article detailing “new” gun control laws being considered for Oregon’s Legislative session in 2017 (which by the way, there IS an election before that and you know what I have said a million times…”elections have consequences” this time perhaps it will have “consequences” for the anti Second Amendment crowd currently in office) I can’t help but think of one simple truth: the use, ownership and right to bear arms is NOT up to lawmakers, elected officials or even the voters. It’s set in stone in our US and Oregon Constitutions.
I recently filled out a “candidate endorsement” questionnaire from the National Rifle Association. One question was centered around “background checks”. I believe that Oregon has overstepped it’s Constitutional authority with the passing in 2015 of Senate Bill 941. I also believe it did when it passed background checks at gun shows. Now the left will cry “Post wants guns in the hands of criminals” and that is laughable! Of course I don’t but with the increase in shootings in NE Portland and other parts of that city, I have to ask: “how are those background checks at gun shows going?” The simple truth is: crooks do NOT buy guns the legal way. They don’t go into “Bob’s Gun Store” nor do they go to Collector’s West Gun Show at the Fairgrounds. They buy on the black market out of the back of cars and in other states. NO amount of background checks will stop this kind of sick behavior.
But, back to the original point. I do not for one minute think that as a voter I have the right to change the Second Amendment. Nor do I think that as a legislator I have that right. Nor does our unelected governor have that right (executive privilege or not). It’s a done deal. Let’s address the real problems in America and Oregon as I said last year on the House floor: the heart, the evil heart.
Oregon’s Constitution on “The Right to Bear Arms” is pretty clear: Article 1, Section 27 of the Oregon Constitution states: “The people shall have the right to bear arms for the defence [sic] of themselves, and the State, but the Military shall be kept in strict subordination to the civil power[.]”
Watch this video courtesy of “Laughing at Liberals” from about a month ago with Gov. Brown threatens “executive action” on gun control.