There are few things so chilling to our republic as the thought of a unilateral leader. Having an executive serve as the executive, legislative and judicial branches all rolled-up into one supreme power not only allows for tyranny, but is precisely the kind of governance our Founding Fathers warned against and worked so hard to prevent.
Sadly, to liberals, our Constitution is but a mere speed bump on the highway to the “progressive” America they seek to create at the expense of our liberties.
President Obama has set the national tone for the normalization of tyranny. After being denied the amnesty for illegals he continually sought, he waved his magic “pen and a phone” and created laws that would grant amnesty to millions of illegals.
When Congress considered, but denied, gun control legislation that would have further infringed upon our Second Amendment rights, the president was outraged and has since signed dozens of executive orders to undermine our Second Amendment rights.
To put it into perspective: the British Crown imposed a minor tax on our preferred beverage to help offset the costs associated with fighting wars to defend our colonies and colonists went absolutely nuts in revolt.
President-turned-Emperor Obama has tested the waters and indicated that there are few political ramifications for ignoring the Constitution. As a result, the Democrat Party has grown bolder and Oregon’s governor, Kate Brown, has followed Obama’s example by pledging to go-around the legislature in order to enact anti-Second Amendment laws unilaterally.
Oregon, though it consistently votes Democrat, is a vast wilderness where even the Democrats hunt. As a result, they have largely rejected gun control laws in the state and the laws on the books have largely been snuck-in under the noses of Oregon voters without a public vote.
The Oregon legislature considered several anti-Second Amendment bills this session. SB 1551 was derailed early in the session when it was removed from hearings and not rescheduled. It would have allowed for authorities to intervene and revoke gun ownership and Second Amendment liberties when a citizen was alleged to be mentally unfit to own firearms. It provided no basis for due process to allow police to intervene to deny prospective firearm purchasers the right to purchase firearms.
HB 4147 posed a greater chance at passing. Currently, state law protects the rights of citizens who undergo background checks by mandating that if the background check process is held-up for longer than three days, sellers are obliged to release the firearm to the buyer at this time. This protection provides a safeguard against the government using bureaucratic inefficiency to deny citizens their Second Amendment rights.
In short: if HB 4147 were passed, the aforementioned protection would be removed and the government could simply neither approve or deny a background check application, but instead, leave the citizen in a state of limbo, denying him his right to individual firearm ownership and his right to due process.
Thankfully, though the bill was passed in the House, the bill failed to gain traction in the Senate prior to the end of Oregon’s short session and the session ended before the bill could become law.
Both bills enjoyed the use of an “emergency” designation which would have allowed the bills to pass and become law without any referendum for Oregon voters. The same shady tactic was used to pass universal background checks in Oregon last year, but several county sheriffs have denied the law’s legitimacy and have refused to enforce such tyrannical laws.
Though the legislature considered the unconstitutional laws labeled “gun safety” laws, Oregon’s acting governor, Kate Brown, declared in the wake of the bills’ failures that she would be exploring means of enacting gun control laws unilaterally from her office.
“I will be working to develop legislation for the 2017 session and explore what might be achieved using my executive powers” she said during a press conference last week.
Our rights exist as a means of keeping government at bay; they do not exist as privileges granted by the government in certain circumstances.
To understand the dangerous precedent this kind of tyranny represents, one should note that this kind of executive power is commonly seen in places like Cuba. In Cuba, dictator Raul Castro, in theory, is guided by the National Assembly, a legislative body. However, in the event that they do not rubberstamp his policy, Castro (and his brother before him) simply ignore the National Assembly and enact the law as they see fit.
For those who wish to aid in Oregon’s fight or who wish to learn more about the incremental tyranny affecting the Pacific Northwest, please visit the Oregon Firearms Federation.