Close loophole on gun laws
I had to respond to the April 7 letter concerning the newly proposed Senate Bill 700 gun law scheduled for a vote in the Oregon House. There are already laws on the books that, if enforced, would do the job SB 700 proposes. The only thing SB 700 adds is punishing law-abiding gun owners and putting more undue pressure and paperwork on our already overburdened government.
Lawful gun owners are not the problem. Making them jump through more red tape to keep their constitutionally guaranteed “rights to bear arms” isn’t the answer.
No matter how many laws are passed, criminals will still get guns and perpetrate crimes. Anti-gun groups, the Obama administration, “progressives” and all other groups opposed to the Second Amendment are looking in the wrong direction in the gun issue. Gun violence, murders, school shootings, and armed robberies will rise. If you take away guns or make their possession difficult for law-abiding citizens, America could see anarchy in the inner cities, mobs of gun-toting criminals running at large in the countryside and the murder rate escalate to astronomical numbers.
The Second Amendment was created to prevent government infringement on the very thing you’re advocating. You can’t legislate morality or common sense. And most important of all, you cannot legislate gun safety. The best way to keep our murder rate in America down is by encouraging private homeowners to own a firearm and learn to use it responsibly. The best way to keep guns in safe hands and out of a criminal’s possession is to keep them in a locked gun safe firmly anchored to the floor, or so large it cannot be moved.
Please encourage Senator Kruse to vote “no” on SB700. It’s the best way to keep your family safe!
R. Alan Price