On May 11, 2015, Oregon signed into law SB 941. This law requires universal background checks, much like the one that passed earlier in Washington State. In order to sell, give, or lend a firearm to someone, the transfer must occur in front of a licensed dealer and the one receiving the weapon must submit to a background check. There are a few ways that a transfer can occur without a background check, such as a person borrowing a gun at the range with the actual owner present, or if the person receiving the firearm is a close relation to the person giving the weapon, such as a spouse, child, or stepchild.
On the surface, this may not seem too bad. You can still sell firearms through whatever means chosen, so long as the final sale is conducted in front of a dealer. The transfer of a firearm to a child is exempt from this, and you can let your friend shoot your new rifle at the range without too much hassle. But those are simply bits of sugar to make the medicine go down. You see, background checks have not been effective at stopping gun crimes and the amount of money spent on these checks by gun owners, including a fee that will be collected by a dealer performing this check, have only served to irritate gun buyers.
Not only do these background checks not save lives, but they serve as chips off of the block of freedom. One edge at a time, freedoms are eroded. Each piece feels like an easy compromise that is of insignificance to the affected group. All of these pieces add up to a whole, however, and by the time that we notice what is gone, we no longer have enough left to stand upon. Background checks came into being to stop crime and were only conducted when you purchased a firearm from a licensed dealer. Now these checks must be done in private sales. Soon, if allowed to grow, these checks in Oregon will include spouses, friends borrowing at the gun range, and everyone else. When these checks continue to fail in stopping crimes as they are claimed to do, more restrictions that have no effect on crime will be put into place. Again, it will be a small chip off of the block. Again, it will feel like an insignificant loss. And again, there will be just enough sugar to swallow the pill of aborted rights.
And how are such laws passed? Oregon is not exactly a red state, but it is red enough that there are a large number of gun owners who oppose such laws. When money from Bloomberg is injected into elections and groups supported by artists like Tim McGraw, the wishes of the people do not matter. Votes do not make money like millionaires/billionaires buying allegiance do. These deep wallets will tell you that they do not support gun control, but simply want to support those who have suffered tragedy. Who can complain against helping those who have lost something so important? But then it comes out. The money is followed and it is not supporting those who have lost but rather it supports those who push agendas by lining the pockets of career politicians who have little to no regard for their constituent’s wishes.
Remember, always follow the money when voting and you will know what issues will be effected. The claims mean nothing while the money means everything.
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