By Jeb Bladine • President / Publisher • 

Gun control vexes still-young America

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Advocates on gun control issues vent their passions quickly and openly, sometimes using language more polarizing than constructive.

Upcoming in Viewpoints, a “pro-con” exchange will focus on prominent issues related to gun violence in our country. The cases made by two area residents are calm, on-point discussions of issues we’ve heard debated ad infinitum since that terrible mass killing at a Connecticut elementary school. No doubt they will draw fierce comment from both ends of this controversy, which, historically speaking, vexes a still-young America.

Meanwhile, an interesting side of that debate appeared on our website this week in response to a letter on the topic. It’s a subject that relates not just to gun control, but myriad issues wending through the halls of Congress and state legislatures: Should assumed commands of an almighty God be invoked to bolster public policy debates?

It unfolded this way on our website:

The rights of our people, one writer said, are “granted by our Creator, recognized and supposedly defended by our government. It is difficult to have a reasonable discussion on the topic of gun violence when law-abiding citizens are treated like criminals.”

A reader responded, “It is even more difficult to have a reasonable discussion about gun violence and public policy with someone who believes that ‘our Creator’ has anything to do with it.” Another joined in, writing, “I am so weary of seeing God’s name dropped in order to bolster a position. Please, keep your religion and provincial ideas private.”

Respectfully, the original commentator answered by quoting our 1776 Declaration of Independence:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Of course, one can respect that core American document without believing “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” includes ownership of semi-automatic assault weapons. That’s important, since the Declaration of Independence continues: “Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

Therein, perhaps awaiting future comment, lies the Oregon story of sheriffs pledging to disregard “unconstitutional gun laws.”


Jeb Bladine can be reached at jbladine@news or 503-687-1223.


troy prouty

In the article "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness"

Certainly didn't stop the right from banning Gay marriage which violates all three.

1st Amendment right of speech is good to a point, but it also has restrictions under law that can lead to prison. So those that think because it is set in stone because some guys wrote it at a different time when there were only 9 states, when the military was the people basically and the land unsettled are wrong.

I will keep saying it "Why should a bunch of dead guys have more influence over government than the people that live today?" They shouldn't.

troy prouty*

Dances with Redwoods

Troy, it was only a few years ago that the State of Washington passed a law that prohibits people (Men in particular) that enjoy being sodomized by animals (Horses in particular) from the (for lack of a better term) 'fulfillment' of their "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."..or.. at least to die trying.

(No pun intended) ...wink..

Dances with Redwoods

Are you going to stand up for those peoples rights, because it is common knowledge that there are at least two things that a man cannot force a horse to do when a horse does not wish to do so.

One entails the act of leading a horse to water and forcing it to drink, and the other does not.

troy prouty

posted "sodomized by animals (Horses in particular)”

Well I don't know about the law. I only know of the incident that could have led to that law. Ranch for a ((Fee)) that eventually led to a death of a person.

Let's face it. It has always been a slick road when government enters the mix to do things that are for "your own protection" when maybe a person doesn't want them too. It took a lot more effort for seat belt laws, to require insurance on vehicles, wearing helmets when on motorcycles and now possibly banning assault rifles to keep the amount killed down in mass attempted shootings.

I don't like paying insurance (now even healthcare required) because that even brings a third entity (private company) into my life (and they have some measure of power over it (cost) and the government let's them) . With Assault weapons it just not allowing a weapon to be purchased, it might violate freedom of sorts, but it is a little different.
The biggest question and I think the Supreme missed this point on healthcare. Isn't about freedom per say more than it is about having a third party have a controlling interest in someone else and violate those three princples by applying terms. For example maybe I want go to 1 blazer game a year, but because I now am required to have insurance that has increased in price. I can't.

Rawls believed in balance and sometimes that meant the rich needed limitations in order to help those below because it was more sustainable for our economy. Sometimes people need limits (because the needs of many outweigh the few).

Dances with Redwoods

Troy, I believe it was either 2008 or sometime in 2009 that it had been discovered that there were actually tour groups traveling from as far away as San Francisco to that horse ranch.

Believe it ..or.. not, up until then the State of Washington hadn't felt there was enough of that particular type of commercial activity to neccessitate a law to define it as an illegal or immoral behaviour not to be condoned for profit.

Much to the chagrin of the sodomites down South, somebody up North finally came out and said it ....heY! ...there otta be a law aginst doin that kinda stuff!

Wow, now there is....

troy prouty

gives new meaning to mustang ranch.. wink..


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