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The Liberal Gun Club

Discussion in 'Events & Get Togethers' started by rolandson, Jul 6, 2012.

  1. rolandson

    rolandson Oregon Active Member

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    The 3rd annual meeting of The Liberal Gun Club is being held in Portland this year, August 17 -19.

    Announcements, membership and registration information can be found at:

    The Liberal Gun Club
     
  2. CharonPDX

    CharonPDX Portland, OR Active Member

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    Looking forward to it! (Discounted range fee at The English Pit for the day, plus free gun rentals if you buy their ammo.)
     
  3. Ironbar

    Ironbar Tigard, OR Well-Known Member

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    I'm sorry, but I just don't see how you can be a liberal AND a gun enthusiast at the same time. The two are totally in conflict with one another as it is liberals who want to take away gun rights.
     
  4. Joe Link

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

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    There are many conservatives out there who want to take away our 2nd Amendment rights. There's a reason this is a non-partisan site; we can't get caught up on all these labels. If Democrats can work inside their party to change the party stance on the 2nd Amendment, which they've been at least moderately successful at doing thus far, all of us gun owners are better off :thumbup:

    I think I might attend, just to say hello.
     
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  5. shibbershabber

    shibbershabber Vancouver Well-Known Member

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    Agreed. Theres nothing like a dozen guys standing around with AR15s discussing how Obama isnt enough of a Socialist!

    Lets not forget that as far as I can tell... the only forcible mass gun confiscation happened on GW Bush's watch. Im sure you can find the videos on youtube about the Katrina aftermath... anyone get their guns back?

    Didnt think so.
     
  6. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    Good! Maybe you guys can get together and write a few letters telling your Senators to oppose ratification of the U.N.'s Arms Trade Treaty!
    Currently, Rep. Grijalva (D) AZ, is circulating a letter co-signed by a few of his leftist-legislator pals urging Clinton and Obama to support this disaster.
     
  7. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    "The only forcible mass gun confiscation" took place under orders from Democrat Governor Kathleen Blanco. The Commander in Chief of HER National Guard troops in LA.
    Hurricane Katrina: National Guard - SourceWatch
    A state's National Guard is ALWAYS under the primary command of the governor, unless that governor agrees to turn that command over to the prez or the Joint Chiefs.
    Furthermore, they were assisting the New Orleans City Police under orders from Democrat mayor Ray Nagin.

    GW ordered NG troops from around the U.S. to help with ancillary issues/tasks, but law enforcement fell under the purview of the governor.
     
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  8. CharonPDX

    CharonPDX Portland, OR Active Member

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    I argue that being liberal means not controlling people - fighting for the betterment and rights of *ALL*, therefore gun rights *ARE* a liberal cause.

    Yes, a majority of the people who are anti-gun are also liberal - but a majority of liberals are *NOT* anti-gun. (Sort of like how a majority of racists are conservative, but a majority of conservatives are not racist.)

    And there are quite a few liberals who actively work to educate other liberals on gun rights. I have met with my State Senator a couple times, and while there is still a lot of work to do, I think she is finally at least understanding that there are liberal constituents of hers for whom gun rights are a big issue. Even if I never change her mind personally, I might at least convince her to lay off trying to pass anti-gun laws. (I have the misfortune of having the most anti-gun State Representative and State Senator in the state. Thankfully the Rep isn't running for re-election, and the near-guaranteed replacement is pro-gun.)

    Jamie, yup, there are many of us working to oppose it - even though I personally believe that the treaty would be meaningless for our rights inside the U.S., better safe than sorry, right? Thankfully, of Oregon's delegation of four Democrats in the US House, three of them are against the treaty.

    Joe, look forward to seeing you there!
     
  9. CharonPDX

    CharonPDX Portland, OR Active Member

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    My favorite is the quote from P.J. O'Rourke:
    (He has other 'equally damning' quotes, too.)
     
  10. Joe Link

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

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    I can most likely only attend the Lucky Lab portion, but it'll be good to meet everyone regardless.

    Who's your senator, and who's replacing her?
     
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    Simonpie Portland Active Member

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    It seems to me we will never elect Republicans in the NW corner of Oregon, but we might elect a few pro gun lefties. This would amount to a huge amount of pro gun power shift in the state. It all starts at the city/county level and could have immediate good benefits for the shooting crowd.
     
  12. strick

    strick McMinnville Oregon Member

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    I personally count myself as a pro-gun moderate Independent. Meaning I agree with some issues that are typically Democrat and some that are typical Republican, but can not stand either party right now, but not to get that rage going I will leave it at that. Does that count?? LOL

    I too am wondering who charonpdx is refering too???
     
  13. PDXSparky

    PDXSparky Keizer / Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    Does that mean I don't exist? I consider myself somewhat liberal AND I'm definitely a gun enthusiast. It isn't liberals who want to take away gun rights, it is anti-gun enthusiasts who do.
     
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    strick McMinnville Oregon Member

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    I am right there too, it is the anti-gun nuts that wish to remove them, just happened that they tend to be liberal too.
     
  15. rolandson

    rolandson Oregon Active Member

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    Sorry that you see things in such deliberate light. I would argue that my existence as well is evidence that the two are not in conflict.
     
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    slingshot1943 salem or Well-Known Member

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    When you vote and put anti gun people in office you are anti gun.
     
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    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    No, when someone votes for a political representative based on a single special interest they are a fool. If I live in a state where the most pressing concerns are education, employment, and infrastructure I am going to vote for the candidate that actually has a plan to deal with these three things. If they are anti-gun as well that can be dealt with in the courts at a later date where they will have precedent of law against them.
     
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    locobob Beaverton, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I don't categorize myself as a Liberal but I find little to like about the Republican platform anymore. I don't see any reason that the gun rights issue needs to be polarized by political party. We should strive to make every politician see it as a constitutional individual rights issue. Happy to see an effort being made in that regard and I'll consider attending.
     
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    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    This is my belief exactly. We need to be working within both parties to make sure all of our constitutional rights are protected.

    It annoys me how so many people refuse to give people credit for the things they do or did do right, even if they're at odds with the other 90%. Refusing to build bridges with people because they don't share the same beliefs and focusing on the negative will never get us anywhere. Though we disagree on almost everything, if Hugo Chavez himself came out in support of individual gun rights I'd personally shake his hand and welcome him to the cause.

    We all need to understand and accept that people's politics can change, and do quite often. Usually it's due them learning the facts of an issue, reviewing the empirical data, and coming to a different conclusion. I can *almost guarantee* that when people have a major change in political ideology it's not because they were being attacked or insulted for their current beliefs, but rather because a friend whom they respect presented the data to them and had a civilized conversation.

    This combativeness has got to stop, especially when it comes to 2nd Amendment issues.
     
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  20. CharonPDX

    CharonPDX Portland, OR Active Member

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    The State Senator is Ginny Burdick, who is running for re-election, and is near-guaranteed to be re-elected. (If I had realized she was up for re-election this year, I would have run against her - if only to make the statement, since I'm sure I would have no chance of beating an incumbent. For some reason I thought she wasn't up this year.)

    The State Representative is Mary Nolan, who isn't running for Representative as she is challenging Amanda Fritz for a Portland City Council position. (The Portland City Council already has enacted every possible anti-gun ordinance possible under the Oregon Constitution, so while I definitely won't vote for her, she can't cause any more anti-gun harm there. And Fritz is no gun crusader, so it really doesn't matter WHO wins as far as gun-rights go.) The Democratic candidate is Jennifer Williamson, who is pro-gun (although she doesn't advertise it - I spoke with her during the primary campaign; and will continue to press her to fight for gun rights if/when she gets elected.) The Republicans didn't put up much of a fight for this district last time, and appear to be putting up *NO* fight this time, with a no-name candidate who barely campaigned in the primary, and hasn't campaigned at all in the primary. (He has no website that I can find, and barely says anything in what few statements I can find other than "I'm a retired teacher, we need to fix education.")

    And if you want a good pro-gun liberal, check out Shemia Fagan, running for OR House District 51. A couple months ago, she even got a stony silence (other than my applause) at the League of Conservation Voters dinner when she commented about the importance of maintaining healthy forests so "she would have a good place to take her about-to-be-born son hunting"... That takes guts, taking a pro-gun stance at a LCV event!
     
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