Quantcast
  1. Sign up now and join over 35,000 northwest gun owners. It's quick, easy, and 100% free!

From an email I received from Senator Jeff Kruse today

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by Mark W., Jun 14, 2013.

  1. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

    Messages:
    5,780
    Likes Received:
    4,980
    I am going to circle back to an issue that won’t go away, and that is guns. As a reminder, there were four gun bills sent from the Senate Judiciary Committee to the Senate Rules Committee on a party line vote. This was done because there were not the votes in the Senate to pass any of them and the only way to keep them alive was to send them to Rules which is one of the few committees still open. At this point it appears SB 700; the background check bill seems to be the only one still in play. The votes are still not there and won’t be, but Senators Burdick and Prozanski will not give up. I have read in some blogs and other places that Senator Betsy Johnson has changed her mind and might vote for SB 700, and nothing could be further from the truth. Let me repeat that; Senator Johnson is still and will continue to be in opposition to all four bills. Anything you have heard to the contrary is completely false.



    There has been, however, a change in the political landscape on this issue. There is a new player in the game and that is an organization called Mayors for Gun Control, which is financed by Michael Bloomberg who is the mayor of New York City. Yes, this is the same mayor who banned 44 ounce soft drinks in his city, which puts him in the category of those who think government should control all aspects of our life. It should also be pointed out he is very rich and can throw a lot of money around as he chooses. This group has already spent millions of dollars to get legislation passed in Nevada and has filed an initiative petition for universal background checks in Washington state. We expect they might be preparing to do so in Oregon as well.



    Some of us in the Legislature take the oath we swore to uphold the Constitution seriously, and so the question becomes how we respond to this new player in the game. Many have said “we don’t need new gun laws; we just need to enforce the ones we have.” To that end we took a look at our background check system and what changes might be made to make it work better. I should point out that SB 700, as currently written is actually unworkable and is clearly there primarily for political reasons. Conversely we wanted to see if we could do something real.



    Without getting too deep into the details of our proposal we were able, working with the Oregon State Police, to come up with a plan we think would make it easier for lawful people to acquire guns and also easier to identify those who should not have guns. We thought this was a win for both sides. At this point, because of the mess gun bills were in the Senate, I took the proposal to Speaker Kotek as a potential House bill. I do want to thank the Speaker for being willing to have the conversation, but at the end of the day the Mayor’s group would settle for nothing less than background checks on all private sales and so we had no bill. I find it interesting that the mayor of New York City is actually driving policy here in Oregon.

    At the end of the day we will probably see SB 700 (potentially with an additional amendment nobody has seen) come to the Senate floor and be defeated. We had an opportunity to actually improve our system, but unfortunately the anti-gun politics have prevented that from happening.

    Sincerely,

    Senator Jeff Kruse


    Thankfully we have good people like Senator Kruse working to save us.
     
  2. 3MTA3

    3MTA3 DMZ between Liberty and Tyranny Behind Enemy Lines Bronze Supporter

    Messages:
    2,549
    Likes Received:
    5,681
    Amen, Brother... Senator Kruse is definitely on my "nice" list when Santa has to make donations.
     
  3. gunsafe

    gunsafe Portland New Member

    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thanks for the well written piece.
     
  4. drew

    drew OR Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,052
    Likes Received:
    970
    Great email. I'm making lists of legislators. Kruse was already on the nice list and there he shall remain.
     
  5. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    9,857
    Likes Received:
    10,560
    He is very responsive and supports the 2nd. We get feedback from him every couple days with what is happening.
    We need to fill Salem and DC with more like him.
     
  6. RBid

    RBid Wilsonville, OR Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    506
    Likes Received:
    318
    That was posted at Catalyst Oregon, I believe. I got into a discussion in the comments. You can find it through thegunwire.com by looking at Headlines with Oregon mentioned.
     
  7. Kevatc

    Kevatc Oregon Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,747
    Likes Received:
    671
    +1 on Kruse. I don't find Bloomberg's activities interesting. I find them infuriating. That dipstick needs to get pushed in front of the subway.
     
  8. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    9,857
    Likes Received:
    10,560
    Now you sound like a real conservative :)

    Sent from my MB865 using Tapatalk 2
     
  9. mancat

    mancat Kitsap County Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    587
    Likes Received:
    334
  10. ARKLITE881South

    ARKLITE881South USA Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    438
    Likes Received:
    328

    To do that, you'd probably have to fight your way through at least 20 heavy ARMED security people.
     
  11. Kevatc

    Kevatc Oregon Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,747
    Likes Received:
    671
    The thing of it is I am equally as frustrated by the Soros and Koch's of the world. Unfortunately, our political system is the best money can buy.
     
  12. mancat

    mancat Kitsap County Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    587
    Likes Received:
    334
    actually it looks like Bloomberg's guys don't really pay attention all that well.

    http://www.youtube.com/embed/RCC-rEx81PE