How ‘Reasonable’ Are The Left’s New Gun Control Measures

Written by Allan Erickson on April 4, 2018

If you still think the Left is only interested in “reasonable” gun control measures to stop school shootings, please consider or reconsider the available evidence to the contrary, especially in the state of Oregon under Gov. Kate Brown. Keep in mind this governor has said many times that Oregon is the perfect place for her to conduct “experiments in progressivism”.

For the sake of perspective, note that Brown and her Leftist cohorts in the legislature are particularly interested in banning the AR-15 and a long list of other semi-automatic weapons. Also for the sake of perspective, look at a few statistical realities in Oregon:

Firearm homicides in Oregon on average annually: about 300.
Rifles used in homicides: 26%
Therefore, rifle homicides per year: 78
83% of gun-related deaths are suicides involving handguns
Source: Firearm Fatalities in Oregon

Now to the blitzkrieg by Gov. Brown since last summer.

She promoted a bill that called for emergency confiscation of firearms from persons accused of being unstable, a threat to themselves or others. Then she signed it into law. Essentially, the mere accusation can stand as a conviction.

Under this new law, if a relative, or someone living in your house, petitions a judge, accusing you of being unstable, or a threat to others, then a hearing is scheduled. You are not notified. You cannot appear in your own defense. If the petitioner convinces the judge you’re a threat, you have a short time to turn in all your firearms or they will be confiscated for a year, during which time you may appear to prove your innocence and have your property returned.

Anyone see the glaring problems here? Can you say revenge petitioners? Anyone who has ever been falsely accused will immediately see the problem.

For hundreds of years in the West, one of the pillars of justice in a system of due process is the presumption of innocence until PROVEN guilty. This new Oregon law is totally upside down. It presumes guilt, and imposes the penalty of confiscation, until you prove your innocence. Another pillar of justice: the government cannot punish you or take your property without due process. This new law gets around that by calling this confiscation scam an “emergency”.

Dictators always disarm people, for their own good and safety of course, due process be damned.

Earlier this month, Gov. Brown struck once more, leveraging the Parkland tragedy, proclaiming Oregon the first state to act in response to that school shooting. She signed into law a bill that prohibits convicted domestic abusers and people under restraining orders from owning guns. The law has nothing to do with the Florida school shooting, but was sold as a response to it. Restraining orders are easy to obtain, they are usually filed by women against men in divorce proceedings, and they do not necessarily indicate a violation of law. In fact, studies indicate such orders are often issued based on false accusations, so again, the Governor is glad to infringe upon the rights of citizens to extreme degrees with scant justification.

Now comes the petition effort to ban semi-automatic weapons. Oregon Initiative 4, if placed on the ballot and passed into law in November, would ban semi-automatic rifles and pistols with detachable magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds. It would also ban certain semi-automatic shotguns used for hunting. So much for “common sense” and “reasonable” gun control. This is the big push for registration and confiscation.

Finally, it was recently reported that retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is calling for the complete repeal of the 2nd Amendment in order to overturn all court rulings upholding the right of citizens to keep and bear arms.

So if you think defenders of the Constitution can compromise with confiscation fanatics, you’re shootin’ blanks.

Register & Vote!

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Allan Erickson
Allan Erickson---Christian, husband, father, journalist, businessman, screenwriter, and author of The Cross & the Constitution in the Age of Incoherence, Tate Publishing, 2012.