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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Guns and the Oregon Constitution

Written April 8th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

In the debate about gun control, it is worth remembering what the Oregon Constitution actually says, and then check what the court has said it means.

How to create lots of felons

Written March 23rd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Initiative Petition No. 43, filed with the Oregon state elections office in Salem on Thursday, seeks to ban a certain type of semiautomatic rifle along with most semiautomatic pistols and their magazines. If it passes, how would this be enforced?

How to ruin a fine spring: gun control

Written April 3rd, 2016 by Hasso Hering

For a while there, until the clouds rolled back in Sunday night, the pleasant springtime weather made it hard to worry about the dismal state of Oregon politics. But then, ahead of the dark skies, came The Oregonian and reminded us that the leading Democrats in state government are not giving up their quest to […]

Lots of gun chatter: All but useless

Written December 3rd, 2015 by Hasso Hering

After every mass murder by gunfire, lots people with access to Facebook or some other medium feel compelled to spout off. Hardly anything sensible ever comes out, and we’d be no worse off if everybody just kept his trap shut.

Gun sense? Like in Britain, Australia?

Written October 2nd, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Here we go again with the debate about what President Obama calls “common-sense” gun laws. On Thursday, after the massacre in Roseburg, Obama complained about citizens who oppose “any modest regulation of how we use a deadly weapon,” as though he’d never heard of all the laws on that very subject.

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Why background-check bill deserved to die

Written March 8th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Our Oregon legislature did not accomplish much during the short session that ended Friday, but its main achievement lies in what it did not do. Among the things it did not do was to enact Senate Bill 1551, requiring private sellers of firearms to obtain background checks on the would-be buyers.

Gun hearing: Reason still missing

Written February 6th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

For two and a half hours Thursday morning, witnesses at a state Senate committee hearing in Salem disagreed about SB 1551, which would expand the background check required in gun transactions to private sales and gifts. Chairman Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene kept track and said the Senate Judiciary Committee heard from 20 witnesses for the bill […]

This shooting doesn’t fit

Written September 18th, 2013 by

The mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard on Sept. 16 will likely not result in any new laws because it does not fit the gun-control narrative. The shooter, who killed 12, was not armed with an AR-15 “assault rifle,” despite initial media reports and editorial cartoons that claimed or implied that he was. He had […]

Learning from Colorado recalls

Written September 10th, 2013 by

In Colorado Tuesday, voters in two state senate districts recalled the Democratic office holders — one of them the Senate president — over their votes for two gun-related bills. The outcome is of interest in Oregon, where all Republicans and a handful of Democrats  in the legislature were wise enough to kill bills on gun […]

Still fumbling on guns, too

Written August 30th, 2013 by

  While fecklessly stumbling around in foreign policy by preparing to fire cruise missiles and kill some Syrians in that country’s civil war, the Obama administration is also again demonstrating its general cluelessness on the subject of gun control. Vice President Joe Biden announced two new executive actions as he swore in the new director of […]

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