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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

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 […]


Wrong again, Mr. President

Written April 18th, 2013 by

President Obama sounded bitterly disappointed when the Senate failed to get 60 votes for his gun-control ideas including a so-called “universal background check.” He called Wednesday’s Senate vote a shameful day in America. But he was wrong. He himself bears part of the blame for pushing legislation of dubious merit and then shamelessly exploiting the […]

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Gun bills: Surprise would be nice

Written April 15th, 2013 by

  On Tuesday the state Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to act on — and will probably endorse — four bills related to guns. Only one of them makes some kind of sense. It would bar people from carrying firearms in the Capitol building but makes an exception for people with concealed handgun licenses who keep […]


Gun hearing: Did testimony matter?

Written April 5th, 2013 by

You almost have to feel sorry for legislators when they have to sit through endless public hearings even though their minds are made up on the issue at hand. With rare exceptions, witness after witness says pretty much the same thing, and legislators have to sit there and pretend to look interested. Friday’s four-hour hearing before […]


No gun grabbers these

Written March 22nd, 2013 by

It took a while — a month, actually — but Congressman Kurt Schrader has given me a response to questions about what kind of gun control measures he would support. In short, he seems to agree with Congressman Peter DeFazio, who said in a letter in February he doubted the U.S. House would consider bans on […]


 
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