Oregon Republican Party opposes state senate gun bills

Oregon Republican Party Executive Committee

Statement of the Oregon Republican Party in Opposition to Oregon Senate Bills 347, 699, 700 and 796

Wilsonville, OR – On April 4th, 2013, the six Executive Officers of the Oregon Republican Party voted unanimously to oppose Oregon Senate Bills 347, 699, 700 and 796 for the following reasons:

•    The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States guarantees each law-abiding American citizen the right to keep and bear arms of his choice

•    The Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States clearly says “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

•    Firearms known as “Assault Weapons” are also protected by the Second Amendment as part of a “well-regulated militia”

•    Firearms are used for the defense of person, family, and property more than one million times each year

•    More than 99.8 percent of all lawfully-owned firearms in America will not be used in crime in any given year

•    The criminal misuse of firearms by those in the criminal element is not a reason to deny the constitutional right to keep and bear arms by law-abiding citizens

•    Several local, state, and federal lawmakers continue to propose measures aimed at restricting all firearms and ammunition, including bans, taxation, waiting periods, registration, licensing, and even confiscation

•    Such laws assume the guilt of all firearms owners without addressing those who have mental issues, misuse and criminally abuse firearms, contrary to our legal justice system which assumes innocence until proven guilty

•    National Institute of Justice studies have shown that restrictive “gun control”
laws are ineffective against violent criminals, who show contempt for all laws

•    The effect of restrictive gun laws has been the exact opposite of that which was promised, as evidenced by high violent crime rates

Therefore, the Oregon Republican Party recommends the rejection of further restrictive firearms or ammunition regulation laws that only serve to limit law-abiding citizens in the exercise of their Constitutionally guaranteed rights while having no effect on the activities of the criminal element in our society.

Further, the Oregon Republican Party recommends that the scarce resources of the law enforcement and criminal justice systems be focused upon uniform, consistent, and just sentencing, speedy trials, and increased punishment and incarceration for those who commit violent crime.

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  • DavidAppell

    It is good, for me, to see the Republican party making themselves still more extreme and still more obstinate than they already have been.

    Their extremism has been a fruitful gift — clocks cleaned in the last two Presidential elections, and clearly aiming for a third. Thank you. Thank you.

    • JacklordGod

      Considering you guys got your clocks cleaned two years ago, and are currently getting your clocks cleaned on gun control, your assessment might be premature.

      My guess is by 2016 people will be really sick of Obama. The only way you guys will win is if Hillary runs. If that happens you win because of identity politics, not so much for policy.

      Not much of a win Id say. When you have to hide your ideas because you can’t run on policy, and have to run on identity politics, that says a lot about the strength of your ideas.

      Believe it or not David, not everyone is hoping up and down to pay for your health insurance because you refuse to pay for your own or get a job that will.

      • DavidAppell

        Hillary will run, and she will win. Even Newt Gingrich, who ran (like all Republicans) on their old white man identity, is afraid of her.

        Nobody is hoping (sic) up and down to pay for your mortgage either. How many 10s of thousands has that made you over the years, Rupert?

  • DavidAppell

    PS: And, wow, has readership here ever tanked. I can’t even tell if anyone still reads this blog…. That in itself is a welcome sign….

    • Welcome the Appell corps @ BO

      Goodness gracious, an uncorked roadAppell barrel airing at OC when BlueOregon provides more hospitality for quaffing the contents!

  • Common sense from the GOP is certain to alienate them from the looney left. Thank you GOP Leadership.

  • Washington Co. Independent

    Do mentally ill people have the right to buy a semi automatic rifle with a 100 ammo clip? Because I don’t see anything in the second amendment allowing government to restrict that persons right.

    Is it just after the crime that government should act?

    • Your example is ludicrous. Mentally ill people by definition forfeit many rights. And yes the government should not be proactive in curbing rights before a crime has been committed. That is for the USSR not America.

      • DavidAppell

        Mental illness didn’t stop James Holmes from purchasing guns before the Aurora shooting.

      • DavidAppell

        Or people on the terrorist watch list:
        http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-201_162-20058287.html

      • Washington Co. Independents.

        Thanks. So you agree that the Second Amendment isn’t absolutely comprehensive and clear as to the power of government to restrict the right to possess firearms. Which is what the USSC says as well in the Heller decision.

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