Gun control has never, and will never, succeed
Let’s talk gun control. The FACTUAL aspects of controlling the personal possession and use of firearms. It appears quite simple to me, having been raised with them.
They are merely tools that can, and are, used for good and bad. Law-abiding people use them wisely and safely. The bad guys, outlaws, use them destructively. This last sentence explains, for the most part, why gun control laws haven’t yet and never will work to increase safety of our citizens. As a matter of fact, areas of this country with the strictest control of guns, Detroit and Washington, D.C, have the highest gun crime rates. Only outlaws have guns, the unarmed population are their victims.
The new gun law passed in New York City is a perfect example of disaster designed to happen. The capacity of guns, including .22 caliber rifles, as I understand it, is restricted by law to seven rounds. Insanity! Proponents of the law claim the restrictions are for safety. For whom? It certainly isn’t for the safety of the homeowner who might be awakened to discover multiple robbers armed to the teeth. And perhaps the person being robbed is aged or disabled. Which party is the law designed to protect?
We have repeated examples of our schools being invaded by killers. Yet we have laws and signs declaring that schools are gun-free zones. To an intended killer of children it simply means defenseless children! Will we never learn?
Recent history is replete with examples of nations where the citizens first gave up their right to be armed and shortly thereafter the government became a brutal dictatorship and the people were without the ability to resist. Could it eventually happen here?
If you read the U.S. Constitution carefully, you will see it means that each person has the God-given right to be armed! The Second Amendment merely emphasizes that right. There are two primary reasons to disarm the American people. The first is ignorance: ignorance of the consequences facing a defenseless people. The other, simply put, is deceit: those who know the consequence and yet deliberately want their fellow man defenseless. Isn’t it time we identify each?
Don’t let Western Oregon Democrats manage land
Transferring federal land to the state is a bad idea. State government is not local. Who in his/her right mind would transfer public land to a state government controlled by Democrats? Need I remind folks that we haven’t had a Republican governor since Vic Atiyeh? It was Western Oregon liberals who voted in favor of legalizing dope, the same voters who continue to select a majority of Democrats for leading state government. Is that who you want controlling our public land? Public land is a good thing, it just needs to be managed well and pay its way.
It might be a positive idea for each Eastern Oregon county to manage its share of public land but that would be impractical. The first large wildfire would bankrupt any county.
If we are going to make positive political changes, how about the following?
• Pass national legislation requiring the federal government to pay property taxes. This would provide a more stable, reliable income from public land than payment-in-lieu-of-taxes or secure-rural-schools legislation. It would give a fairly determined tax base to counties with large public land ownership.
• Secede from Western Oregon and join Idaho if they would have us. There are periodic suggestions to secede and form our own state but that would be prohibitively expensive. Eastern Oregon would be a much better match with Idaho economically (agriculture), culturally (rural), politically (conservative) and mind-set (common sense) than we are with Western Oregon.
• Elect conservative Republicans to the presidency and Congress so we at least have a chance for better Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture who might manage western federal land with a western perspective.
• Protect farmers and ranchers, the folks who feed everyone, with appropriate legislation. Then leave them alone.
• Shoot the wolves and allow dog use in hunting cougars and bears.
• Reduce the influence of environmental groups.
• Require Eastern Oregon federal judges to decide Eastern Oregon legal issues.
Since many of you know that I am a federal employee (Forest Service), I need to clarify that the previous opinions are strictly my own.