Mitch Greenlick: “[HB 3200 is] Pretty Flawed”

Posted on February 26, 2013. Filed under: Gun Control, Politics | Tags: , , , , |

English: Mitch Greenlick, a member of the Oreg...

Mitch Greenlick, a member of the Oregon House of Representatives (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

KMTR out of Eugene, Oregon is reporting that Mitch Greenlick, primary sponsor of Oregon HB 3200 says the bill is “pretty flawed” in its current form. He also said it goes too far.

Oregonlive.com has a more in depth story here.

That’s rich coming from the man who wants to make nicotine a Class III controlled substance, meaning you would have to get a prescription from your doctor in order to buy cigarettes. Of course, they would do that, then whine about the loss of revenue and how they would have to implement yet another tax. But I digress.

He goes on to say that he disagrees with the provision that allows the sheriff to come into your house to inspect your weapons locker.

Greenlick is the primary sponsor of the bill. As I said about Washington’s SB 5737, who writes these things if the sponsors do not?

Is it not the responsibility of these legislators to make sure they know what is in a bill before they attach their names to it? Was it written by Ceasefire Oregon, a gun control group who backs the bill?

Senate Judiciary Chair Floyd Prozanski of Eugene said he has no plans to bring any gun control bills to the floor, and House Judiciary Chair Jeff Barker of Aloha also said he opposes any such bans.

It was just a few days ago when Burdick and Greenlick both announced they were dropping their bills, only to unroll HB 3200 a few days later. So I put very little stock in what anyone in Salem claims they will or will not do.

But gun control activists Ceasefire Oregon won’t stop.

“I think legislators are really going to hear from the majority of Oregonians who want an assault weapons ban,” [executive director of Ceasefire Oregon, Penny Okamoto] said.

From the Center for Disease Control’s database:

Year           Number of people killed by firearms in the U.S.

1999          28,874 
2000          28,663 
2001          29,573 
2002          30,242 
2003          30,136
2004          29,569
2005          30,694
2006          30,896
2007          31,224
2008          31,593
2009          31,347
2010          31,672

This is a catch-all statistic of suicides, homicides, and accidental deaths. At least half of these numbers, if not more, are suicides, and most of the rest are due to gang violence, which gun control laws won’t impact anyway.

Also according to the site are these numbers from Oregon’s Department of Human Services:

Data from the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) show that gun violence is also a serious problem in Oregon.

Year           Number of Oregonians killed by firearms 

2000          378 (80% were suicides) 
2001          360 (80% were suicides) 
2002          376 (77% were suicides) 
2003          393 (84% were suicides) 
2004          383 (78% were suicides)

See the parenthesis? Of 378 people who were killed by firearms in 2000, at lest 300 were suicides. Taking guns away from people will not prevent suicide any more than it will prevent murders. People who want to kill themselves will find some other means, just as murderers will find some other weapon.

But a serious problem? There are 3 million people in this state, and according to the 2000 statistics, there were 76 firearm related murders in 2000. That’s a rate of….

Wait for it……

0.0025% of the population.

A serious problem? Let’s get real here, folks.

Ceasefire Oregon goes on:

Forty percent of homes in Oregon have firearms. In 26% of those homes, a firearm is loaded, and 64% of those firearms are also unlocked…. The source of these data is the Oregon component of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System….

Here’s the crux of it. It isn’t the firearms, it’s the behavioral risk. This is the crux of any sort of control based legislation. It is about controlling someone else’s behavior, not safety, as they claim. This is the basis for Nanny Bloomberg’s food laws in New York.

If I want to engage in risky behavior in my own home, that’s my right. It is not, however, your right to watch me, or even ask me to take a survey about what I do in my home. People who take those surveys for the government are idiots, if you ask me, surrendering their privacy to the government.

Greenlick has a history of coming up with crazy pieces of legislation that son’t have a snowball’s chance in hell, and so does Burdick, but not like Greenlick. It is legislators like these two that make people tired of the government. They waste time and the taxpayers money on garbage like this.

We need to get people in the government that will do their jobs, read bills before sponsoring them, read them before voting on them. You know, actually do the People’s work. Save taxpayer money, not spend it faster than they can get it.

I think it’s kind of funny that if you scroll down to the bottom of HB 3200, it says that it declares a state of emergency and that the bill will go into effect upon passage. Does that mean it goes into effect prior to the signature of the Governor?

Hotair.com has reported on this state of emergency, but, if you look at some of the other bills, they say the exact same thing at the end:

HB 3000: This 2013 Act being necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety, an emergency is declared to exist, and this 2013 Act takes effect July 1, 2013.

HB 3004: This 2013 Act being necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety, an emergency is declared to exist, and this 2013 Act takes effect on its passage.

HB 3006: This 2013 Act being necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety, an emergency is declared to exist, and this 2013 Act takes effect on its passage.

HB 3009: This 2013 Act being necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety, an emergency is declared to exist, and this 2013 Act takes effect on its passage.

HB 3010: This 2013 Act being necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety, an emergency is declared to exist, and this 2013 Act takes effect July 1, 2013.

Five examples. It seems like every other bill declares an emergency of some sort.

Based on this, and how Congress and the Federal government has been working recently in Washington, we are being governed by emergency after emergency, crisis to crisis. Most of these crises are manufactured. Rather than do what is best for the country or the State, they pander for votes.

Instead of introducing 100 new bills a day, most of the half-cocked and knee jerk, how about fewer, more thoughtful bills that our legislators and Congresspeople have actually read?

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