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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by CharonPDX, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. CharonPDX

    CharonPDX Portland, OR Active Member

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    Alright, I've been involving myself more with gun rights issues of late, and discovered this forum through a friend. Figured it was about time to get on here and introduce myself.

    I'm a fairly liberal Portlander who believes that gun rights are one of the main freedoms that need protecting as a liberal. I am active in the Multnomah County Democratic Party, and just last week gave a presentation at the county party meeting about the Democratic Party of Oregon's Gun Owners Caucus. (I'm the Multnomah County Local Chapter Representative of the caucus.)

    At certain other online gun-rights forums, I've been attacked as "you dare call yourself a Democrat, you must be deluding yourself!" Well, for me, it was a matter of: Do I pick a party that I agree with the most, but have it a completely marginalized party; or do I pick one of the two major parties and try to influence that party more to my liking? I picked option B. And having decided to pick a major party, it was the choice of "one I like for about 75% of issues, but is perceived as anti-gun"; or "one I disagree with for 75% of issues, and will run me out of of the party if I try to influence them on those 75%." So I picked the Democratic Party.

    I've been using guns since I was in Boy Scouts here in Portland, and while there were no guns in the house when I grew up, I was taught a good respect for them. I went to college in rural Arizona, and came to enjoy target shooting through much more "gun nut" friends there. (One of which is the person I found this site through - but I won't name him because he likes his anonymity.)

    Since leaving college and moving back to Portland over a decade ago, I have bought a small 9mm (Kel-Tec P11, about a decade ago,) and inherited an old Sears-sold 12ga shotgun (JC Higgins Model 20, about five years ago,) in the last year, my activism and interest has increased, and I have gotten my CHL and last month bought a Mosin-Nagant (1939 manufacture, in great condition) and an SKS (receiver only, plus enough US-made parts to assemble a legal one,) from a co-worker.
     
  2. DinhRose

    DinhRose Austin, Texas (Ex-Pat of SE PDX) Active Member

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    How dare you sir! Lol. Welcome aboard. Gun rights and ownership should never be contingent upon your political beliefs. After all, it's a right for all citizens regardless of which side of the ilse you happen to be seating in.
     
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  3. SynapticSilence

    SynapticSilence Battle Ground, WA Well-Known Member

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    Welcome from a mental health professional who dares to launch lead from a real gun. :) One of my favorite Internet sources on reloading is a guy whose tag is "
    SanFranciscoLiberalWithAGun". Gotta love the reactions of the uninformed.
     
  4. trainsktg

    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    Hmmm. Gun ownership covers all demographics. Politically, I make Atilla the Hun look like a liberal, I eat organic produce, free range eggs and grass-fed beef, and although I've never so much as smoked a joint, I believe that the War on Drugs is a failure and should be abolished. What does that make me..?

    Regardless, welcome aboard :)

    Keith
     
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  5. Chugger

    Chugger Central Oregon Member

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    Welcome to the boards.
     
  6. techieguy

    techieguy Well-Known Member

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    CharonPDX it never hurts to look at issues from another perspective, on of my best friends is very liberal and I find myself very conservative...we respect each other because of we are both people of character. So I will assume you are a person of character just by your introduction, so welcome aboard!
     
  7. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Welcome! This community would be doing itself a great disservice if we put restrictions on who we allowed to join us in love and support of firearms. You'll quickly find you are not alone here :)
     
  8. billcoe

    billcoe PDX Platinum Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    It was said above and worth saying twice that defense of the 2nd amendment should transcend liberal/conservative. Thank you deeply for your defense and any work in support of it. You're not the only liberal here, and you'll find that a well thought out and documented with links response should get some interesting conversation going at times. We don't all agree and it makes for a richer educational environment when we don't, but have good and thoughtful discourse on our views. BTW, a heads up - straight political conversations are not welcome here I learned recently when I asked what folks thought of the recent republican debate.

    Welcome to the site.
     
  9. wwkii

    wwkii gilchrist oregon Active Member

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  10. Guilty

    Guilty Salem, Oregon Active Member

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    welcome.
     
  11. Garg

    Garg east of portland metro Hold my beer..... watch this Bronze Supporter

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    Welcome to the NWFA Forum CharonPDX.
    I too am left leaning. Although I do not engage in political discussions here, unless they are 2A, or gun related.

    There are many more than they know :paranoid::laugh:
     
  12. Nutty4Guns

    Nutty4Guns Portland ADHD Superstar

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    Okay Charon, I will say welcome to you. I must say however, that I will have my eye on you.:club:
     
  13. drew

    drew OR Well-Known Member

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    Welcome. I hope your efforts go well.
     
  14. Scott

    Scott Battle Ground Well-Known Member

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    Wecome.................
     
  15. MikeE

    MikeE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Welcome.
     
  16. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Take it easy guys. Democrats working within their party are exactly what we need to ensure widespread support of our firearm rights. It amazes me how many people are willing to turn down support for our cause. If the Communist Party of Oregon supported our firearm rights this website would welcome them with open arms.
     
  17. HollisOR

    HollisOR Rural OR, South of Dallas Active Member

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    Welcome on board.
     
  18. locobob

    locobob Beaverton, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Welcome CharonPDX!
     
  19. 22many

    22many PNW Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the board.
     
  20. pete

    pete Portland New Member

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    Welcome, from another Portland lefty.