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Sen. Jeff Merkley wants to keep Senate seat, still pro gun?

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by OLDNEWBIE, Sep 7, 2014.

  1. OLDNEWBIE

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    Typical letter many who were concerned about gun violence received from Merkley. I highlighted the part where he says something about "protecting the constitutional right", so I guess he's not anti-gun, right?
    I'm sure many of you gun advocates that were worried about further restrictions received an almost similar letter minus the first sentence, I know I did!

    Dear MrXXXXX,
    Thank you for contacting me to express your views on legislation to reduce gun violence. As Oregonians, we have experienced more than enough gun violence and this issue hits close to home for many of us. And yet many Oregonians cherish their guns and want to ensure that they continue to have the right to use them safely. I appreciate knowing the thoughts of Oregonians on all sides of this complex issue.
    As you probably know, the Senate recently debated the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act (S.649), a bill that I have supported as a strong effort to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and reduce gun violence without impinging on the Second Amendment. The bill's main thrust is to close loopholes in the background check system, including the gun-show loophole. Oregon closed the gun-show loophole years ago, so this is consistent with choices we have made. I believe strongly that the most basic protection we can provide is to do a better job keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and people with serious mental illnesses who may pose a threat to themselves and others. The bill also includes provisions strengthening criminal penalties for people who conduct "straw purchases" on behalf of others in order to evade background checks.
    During the debate of the bill, the Senate also considered amendments on a number of other provisions. I supported restrictions on large ammunition magazines, which are not needed for hunting or target shooting, but have been used in many mass shootings, and on military-style assault weapons. I also voted in favor of a bipartisan amendment to improve the mental health system and an amendment by Senator Barrasso (R-WY) to stop states from publicly disclosing personal information about people with gun permits.
    I recognize that Oregonians come down in very different places on some of these policy choices. I come from rural Oregon and recognize the importance of hunting, target shooting, and gun collecting in many communities. I am committed to protecting the constitutional right of law-abiding citizens to own guns. As a parent and a policymaker, I also feel a strong responsibility to take meaningful action to reduce the gun deaths and injuries that plague our country and to keep kids safe. We need to do what we can to prevent the horror of Newtown and Clackamas Town Center and so many other tragedies from happening again. I believe S. 649 meets both of those priorities.
    Work on the bill was suspended after it became clear that it lacked the supermajority of 60 votes to overcome a filibuster. If the Senate returns to this topic, I will certainly keep your views in mind. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me.
    All my best,
    Jeff Merkley
    United States Senate
     
  2. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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  3. no time

    no time Roseburg area Active Member

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    My biggest problem with Jeff Merkley is figuring out a way to describe my opinion of him on this website without every other word getting changed into "bubblegum".

    I also received the same form letter mentioned above. You have to love how he claims that he's from rural Oregon and understands the community...but lived in Portland after first grade. What a pantload.

    I'll never vote for him.
     
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  4. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    LIAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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  5. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    Merkley is the typical lying liberal politician and has mastered the art of doublespeak.
    He is precisely what we must get out of government positions. He is the master of not answering a question
    and his agenda is 100% left. He is pro UN, Pro globalist control and will ride any anti gun bill that comes his way while denying he is anti 2nd Amendment.
    Never once has he answered a letter that I sent to him with a straight answer.
    He could easily qualify for a PHD in B.S.
     
  6. 44mag2ndamend

    44mag2ndamend Round the ole tree stump, Down by the crick Well-Known Member

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    What a pantload.

    Agreed.

    Double Speak - Yes
    See through - Yes
    Voting out - Yes

    Just like most have agreed, if you take out 1 of the first ten amendments you will have taken out the entire constitution. I have seen proof that this is quite possible with out constitution.

    We need fresh old thinking in our leaders again.
     
  7. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Merkley's anti-gun, anti-2nd amendment votes in the senate speak a thousand times louder than any claptrap that rolls out of his mouth. He's proven he's anti gun by his voting record. He has voted in favor of every piece of legislation that would have restricted our 2nd amendment rights. His actions reveal his true intentions. He is no friend to gun owners. He will not be getting my vote.
     
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  8. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    You know what? I'd be more into clubbing him over the head about his complicity in adding SEVEN TRILLION DOLLARS to the national debt since that POS has been the POTUS.

    I know we're talking 2A here but the national debt IS a threat to national security, and by default makes that related to the 2A, ultimately. :mad:
     
  9. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    HE'S A DEMOCRAT................................why bother saying anything more?
     
  10. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    Cut to the quick, NICE!! :)

    The only problem with that is it doesn't give any "low information" voters with Democrat voting proclivities an opportunity to get their minds right concerning the issue. ;)
     
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  11. drew

    drew OR Well-Known Member

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  12. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    You mean those voters that will wish they had proclivities for buying body armor ?? LOL
     
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  13. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    No, no, no. They have said they don't want to live in a world like that, shopping at Fred Meyer for milk all armored up. ;)
     
  14. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    Must be fast duckers ROFLOL
     
  15. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    That is nothing like the letter I received from Merkley a year or so ago in response to a letter from me condemning a proposed ban on "assault weapons". His reply in that letter was basically "F*** You!"
     
  16. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    I remember when people were posting that canned response letter here when that came out.
     
  17. python287

    python287 Neskowin,OR Active Member

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    The U.N. Resolution 2117 lists 21 points dealing with firearms control, but perhaps of most interest is point number 11. It: “CALLS FOR MEMBER STATES TO SUPPORT WEAPONS COLLECTION and DISARMAMENT of all UN countries."
    By a 53-46 vote - The U.S. Senate voted against the U.N. resolution. HOORAY.
    This is that brief, glorious moment in history when everyone stands around...reloading.
    Now, Which 46 Senators Voted to Destroy Us? Well, let their names become known! See below. If you vote in one of the states listed with these 46 “legis..traitors”… vote against them.
    In a 53-46 vote, the Senate narrowly passed a measure that will stop the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. The Statement of Purpose from the Senate Bill reads: "To uphold Second Amendment rights and prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty." The U.N. Small Arms Treaty, which has been championed by the Obama Administration, would have effectively placed a global ban on the import and export of small firearms. The ban would have affected all private gun owners in the U.S. and had language that would have implemented an international gun registry, now get this, on all private guns and ammo.
    Astonishingly, 46 out of our 100 United States Senators were willing to give away our Constitutional rights to a foreign power.
    Here are the 46 senators who voted to give your rights to the U.N.
    Baldwin (D-WI)
    Baucus (D-MT)
    Bennett (D-CO)
    Blumenthal (D-CT)
    Boxer (D-CA)
    Brown (D-OH)
    Cantwell (D-WA)
    Cardin (D-MD)
    Carper (D-DE)
    Casey (D-PA)
    Coons (D-DE)
    Cowan (D-MA)
    Durbin (D-IL)
    Feinstein (D-CA)
    Franken (D-MN)
    Gillibrand (D-NY)
    Harkin (D-IA)
    Hirono (D-HI)
    Johnson (D-SD)
    Kaine (D-VA)
    King (I-ME)
    Klobuchar (D-MN)
    Landrieu (D-LA)
    Leahy (D-VT)
    Levin (D-MI)
    McCaskill (D-MO)
    Menendez (D-NJ)
    Merkley (D-OR)
    Mikulski (D-MD)
    Murphy (D-CT)
    Murray (D-WA)
    Nelson (D-FL)
    Reed (D-RI)
    Reid (D-NV)
    Rockefeller (D-WV)
    Sanders (I-VT)
    Schatz (D-HI)
    Schumer (D-NY)
    Shaheen (D-NH)
    Stabenow (D-MI)
    Udall (D-CO)
    Udall (D-NM)
    Warner (D-VA)
    Warren (D-MA)
    Whitehouse (D-RI)
    Wyden (D-OR)
    Folks: This needs to go viral. These Senators voted to let the UN take OUR guns. They need to lose their next election. We have been betrayed.
    46 Senators Voted to Give your 2nd Amendment Constitutional Rights to the U.N.
     
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  18. python287

    python287 Neskowin,OR Active Member

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    As you can see Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden voted to support the UN Resolution to take all firearms - they do not support the 2nd Amendment is any way shape or form - Jeff Merkley is a liar and a traitor and he does not deserve to be re-elected.
     
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  19. Brutus57

    Brutus57 Skagit County Well-Known Member

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    The worthless pair we have here in WA did the same. November can't come too soon. Even if they aren't up for election this time around.

    Brutus Out
     
  20. OLDNEWBIE

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    Ok, seems like everyone here agrees! No wait a minute, it's just the usual crowd. The rest don't vote, don't care or like the way things are! Not everyone thinks the 2ndAmendment is a priority.

    I'm afraid this guy and his brethren are going back to Salem after the election. Too bad.:mad: